Two-Sided Search; Divorce; Family; Family Economics; Household Formation; Marriage; Marriage Rate; Premarital; Single Mother; Single Parent; Fertility.

@inproceedings{Classification1970TwoSidedSD,
  title={Two-Sided Search; Divorce; Family; Family Economics; Household Formation; Marriage; Marriage Rate; Premarital; Single Mother; Single Parent; Fertility.},
  author={Jel Classification},
  year={1970}
}
By reducing the risk of unwanted parenthood, better contraception reduces the cost of unmarried sex, increasing the value of single life. A simple one-period example suggests this could explain why marriage and birth rates have declined since 1970. We extend the analysis to allow for repeated matching over many periods, modelling the shotgun-marriage, contraception-method and abortion margins. We use US survey data on contraception, sexual activity and family dynamics to calibrate the model to… CONTINUE READING

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