How Trade With China Hurt Marriage Prospects for Low-Skilled Men

by Robert VerBruggen | @RAVerBruggen

For decades, sociologists have argued that a lack of jobs for young men can reduce their “marriageability.” Call it sexism, culture, biology, or whatever you want, but a man without a job is a far less desirable partner. Therefore, when work dries up for men, women put off marriage or give up on it entirely, leading to an uptick in out-of-wedlock births and the attendant social ills. A groundbreaking new study by David Autor, David Dorn, and Gordon Hanson gives us the best evidence to date for this theory.

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