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Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage

Jason Carroll, Ph.D., Brigham Young University

One of the most important social developments of our time is the recent rise in age at first marriage, which now stands at 27 for women and 29 for men—a historic high. What are the causes and consequences of this demographic trend? This presentation will review the findings of a recently released national report entitled Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delaying Marriage in America (see

Specific attention will be given to the influence of delayed marriage on the personal health of young adults, non-marital childbirth patterns, economic wellbeing, and marriage outcomes.

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