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Basics of the Marriage Market

 

“Most people eventually do get married at least once in a life time”

Basics of the marriage market

On a long enough time scale, more than 80 percent of current adults aged 18 years and over eventually get married. Of the generation of adults aged over 65 years, only 4 percent have never been married.

Some people move quickly into marriage while others take a long time. But most people will have married at least once by the time they turn fifty.

Exhibit 1-3: Most people eventually do get married

Percent Never Married Women by Age, for selected Years:1986 to 2013

The proportion of never married women has increased substantially from 1986 to 2013 for younger adult women. However, the proportion of never married women in their 50s is not very different from 1986 levels, suggesting that most women eventually do get married.


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