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November 01, 2011

Economic Inequality: Red or Blue

Times columnist David Brooks makes an important point today about two flavors of inequality. The 'blue' inequality, financiers vs. wage earners, is getting all the attention, but the 'red' inequality, those with or without a college education (and here, the big gap falls along gender lines) is more ...

October 11, 2011

For the Atlantic, Once is Not Enough

Hanna Rosin racked up an Atlantic Magazine hot seller with her, End of Men, soon to become a book. Why stop there? This month the Atlantic gets down to the nitty gritty question everyone wants answered: What does this mean for me? Am I going to land a similarly educated husband? Short answer: Maybe...

September 29, 2011

Flight from Marriage

The slippage in education and earnings potential among males has triggered some "marriageable mate" problems that will be new to everyone (except African Americans, who are all too familiar with the dilemma). Here's an angle I never thought of before: What are the economic implications on a macro le...

September 18, 2011

'Is Marriage for White People?'

Great title to what looks to be an interesting book, as the Times review lays out. Author Ralph Richard Banks dispels what the reviewer calls a popular perception that black women are too choosy. Where does that come from? Sitcoms and Hollywood, I suspect. The correct answer, of course is the econo...

August 23, 2011

Fallout from the 'Mancession'

University of Kansas researcher documents the impact of the Great Recession on men who lost their breadwinner identify. As researcher Tom Mortenson told me once, men work. It's what we do. And we're lost when we lose that role. From the press release: The acute economic downturn that began in 200...

August 22, 2011

'Bare Branches' and 'Left-Over Women'

The Economist does a great job sorting through the rapid changes in marriage patterns in Asian countries. Most of the changes are triggered by education trends.

August 17, 2011

More on the Cohabitation Issue

The New York Times did a great job reporting this. Look at the trend data they have for men and women with only a high school diploma: The increase in unmarried couples cohabitating and having children swept poor communities beginning in the late 1960s, Mr. Wilcox said, citing data from the Nationa...

June 27, 2011

Marriageable Mate Discussion

This time, it's about black women and white men. But I predict the focus of popular culture articles about this will soon shift to white women unable to find suitable males.

June 23, 2011

Is Marriage for White People?

That's the title of a new book on the topic. Another exploration of the marriageable mate dilemma. This time the recommendation is for black women to marry non-blacks. Okay, Oprah would agree. But what will the advice be for white women who increasingly face the same dilemma? From the Slate revie...

June 19, 2011

Unnatural Selection

That's the title of a new book about what happens when gender ratios become out of balance. In this book, the author focuses on the overabundance of men in countries such as China. About the book: Lianyungang, a booming port city, has China's most extreme gender ratio for children under four: 163 ...

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