Keywords

assets, cohabitation, consumer debt, employment, marriage

Abstract

This study tested an extension of the theory of marital timing (Oppenheimer, Am J Sociol 94:563–591, 1988) by assessing whether visible and less visible financial assets and debt mediated the relationship between employment and the likelihood of marriage. We conducted these prospective, longitudinal analyses using a sample of 1,522 never-married young adults from the National Survey of Families and Households. For participants who were not cohabiting at Wave 1, financial issues such as car values predicted marriage but did not mediate the relationship between work hours, occupational prestige, and the likelihood of marriage. For cohabiting participants, employment factors were the strongest predictor of marriage.

Original Publication Citation

Dew, J. P., & Price, J. (2011). Beyond employment and income: The association between young adults’ finances and marital timing. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 32, 424–436.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010-07-07

Publisher

Journal of Family and Economic Issues

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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