Expectations to Marry Among American Youth: The Effects of Unwed Fertility, Economic Activity, and Cohabitation

@inproceedings{Gassanov2008ExpectationsTM,
  title={Expectations to Marry Among American Youth: The Effects of Unwed Fertility, Economic Activity, and Cohabitation},
  author={Margaret A. Gassanov and Lisa M. Nicholson and Amanda Koch-Turner},
  year={2008}
}
Since welfare reform in 1996, marriage has been promoted as a means to reduce welfare dependency and out-of-wedlock childbearing. Despite extensive public and academic discourse surrounding marriage promotion, a basic factor preceding and predicting marriage—expectations to marry—has received little attention. Using insights from the life course perspective and data from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we explore the relationship between out-of-wedlock fertility and youths… CONTINUE READING

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