The Hidden Impact of the Washing Machine

Much more than a source of clean clothing, the washing machine is an example of household technology that impacts women and the economy.

Why We Have a Chores Gap

Especially evident during pandemic lockdowns, at home we have a chores gap that determines who does the housework.

COVID’s Divorce Rate Surprises

I suspect that you (as did I) will  find the newest numbers on the divorce rate rather surprising. Six Facts: Covid Divorce Rates 1. Pre-Pandemic for the U.S. Before the pandemic began, divorce rates had been trending downward:   2.…

How Dating Markets Have Changed

As they replace the traditional ways that couples meet each other, onlne dating markets are reducing the role of friends and family.

A Labor Day Look at Our Time Squeeze

On this Labor Day, we can explain the “middle-class time squeeze” by looking at how time/money tradeoffs changed a family’s division of labor.

Six Handy Facts About Marriage and Divorce Rates

It’s been called a “covidivorce.” After lockdowns ended, China reported that divorce applications were swamping officials in two provinces, Sichuan and Shanxi. Therapists explain that the new togetherness is,  “…like putting all our issues into a frying pan and really…

Why Daylight Saving Time is Good For Us

With Daylight Saving Time (DST) having just begun, we might find that shifting sunlight from the morning to the evening has made us safer.

Where Have All of the Husbands (and Wives) Gone?

If you are an Elvis minister in Las Vegas, you have a problem. Nevada’s marriage rate is way down and so too is the wedding business. The bigger story though, is about shifting marriage markets. The Decline of Marriage As…

How Low-Skilled Immigrants Support Highly Skilled Women

In additional to debating the impact of immigration on less educated men, we should look at how highly skilled women are affected.

Manufacturing, Men, and Marriage Markets

Hit by trade shock from China, U.S. communities that experience factory layoffs and closings will also see an impact on marriage rates.