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The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 is particularly well suited for studying marriage and divorce patterns.
The NLSY79 is a nationally representative sample of men and women who were ages 14 to 22 when they were first interviewed in 1979.
Many changes in the last half century have affected marriage and divorce rates.
For a specific cohort, the NLSY79 can provide statistics on the percentage of marriages that end in divorce. Because the NLSY79 collects data on many aspects of respondents’ lives—including employment, fertility, and income—many researchers have used the NLSY79 to look at marriage in conjunction with a variety of outcomes.The trends of declining marriage rates and increasing divorce rates, shown by Stevenson and Wolfers, continue with the 1957–1964 NLSY79 cohort.The longitudinal survey shows the same patterns regarding differences between racial/ethnic groups and education groups as did the SIPP—though the NLSY79 differences between college graduates and the other education groups are even starker.Men who earned a bachelor’s degree were more likely to marry than men with less education.The chance of a marriage ending in divorce was lower for people with more education, with over half of marriages of those who did not complete high school having ended in divorce compared with approximately 30 percent of marriages of college graduates.
About equal proportions of men and women who received a college degree married by age 46, 88 percent for men and 90 percent for women.