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The origins of African-American family structure
I use a new data source, the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, to trace race differences in family structure between 1880 and 1980. Analysis confirms recent findings that the high incidenceExpand
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The Decline of Intergenerational Coresidence in the United States, 1850 to 2000
  • S. Ruggles
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • American sociological review
  • 1 December 2007
In the mid-nineteenth century, almost 70 percent of persons age 65 or older resided with their adult children; by the end of the twentieth century, fewer than 15 percent did so. Many scholars haveExpand
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The Future of Historical Family Demography.
  • S. Ruggles
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Annual review of sociology
  • 13 July 2012
An explosion of new data sources describing historical family composition is opening unprecedented opportunities for discovery and analysis. The new data will allow comparative multilevel analysis ofExpand
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The transformation of American family structure.
This essay reexamines the revisionist argument about the history of the family in light of new evidence about long-run changes in American family structure. In particular I use the new IntegratedExpand
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Breaking Up Is Hard to Count: The Rise of Divorce in the United States, 1980–2010
This article critically evaluates the available data on trends in divorce in the United States. We find that both vital statistics and retrospective survey data on divorce after 1990 underestimateExpand
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Patriarchy, Power, and Pay: The Transformation of American Families, 1800–2015
  • S. Ruggles
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Demography
  • 28 October 2015
This article proposes explanations for the transformation of American families over the past two centuries. I describe the impact on families of the rise of male wage labor beginning in theExpand
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Intergenerational Coresidence in Developing Countries.
Newly available census microdata from IPUMS-International are used to assess trends in intergenerational coresidence in 15 developing countries. Contrary to expectations, we find no general declineExpand
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Linking Historical Censuses: a New Approach
  • S. Ruggles
  • Geography, Computer Science
  • Hist. Comput.
  • 1 March 2002
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This article describes a new initiative at the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) to create linked representative samples of individuals and family groups from the censuses of 1860, 1870, 1900 and 1910 to the 1880 census. Expand
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Reconsidering the Northwest European Family System: Living Arrangements of the Aged in Comparative Historical Perspective.
  • S. Ruggles
  • Medicine
  • Population and development review
  • 1 June 2009
Between the late nineteenth century and the 1960s, social theorists argued that economic development was inversely associated with complex family forms. The idea originated with Frederic Le Play, oneExpand
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The rise of divorce and separation in the United States, 1880–1990
  • S. Ruggles
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Demography
  • 1 November 1997
I use the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series to assess the potential effects of local labor-market conditions on long-term trends and race differences in marital instability. The rise of femaleExpand
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