Cultural norms changed in ways that decreased the aversion to being single and increased the probability of cohabitation.
Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79)—a survey of people born during the 1957–1964 period—this study examines the marriage and divorce patterns for a cohort of young baby boomers up to age 46.
About 85 percent of the NLSY79 cohort married by age 46, and among those who married, a sizeable fraction, almost 30 percent, married more than once.
The bulk of marriages occurred by age 28, with relatively few marriages taking place at age 35 or older.
The current study differs from Stevenson and Wolfers’ 2007 study in that the current study examines a younger birth cohort of Americans.