DailyMail. Marriage rates are on the decline due to a lack of ‘economically attractive’ men with steady jobs for single to women to meet, according to a study.
Researchers analysed data on recent marriages between 2007-2012 and 2013-2017 and concluded that there are fewer men with stable jobs and a good income available for unmarried women to match with.
The study from Cornell University examined characteristics of unmarried women’s perfect or ‘synthetic’ spouses which were comparable to real life husbands of married women.
Authors found that so-called ‘dream’ husbands had an average income that was 58 per cent higher than the average unmarried man.
Women’s perfect husbands were also were 30 per cent more likely to be employed and 19 per cent more likely to have a college degree than the average single American man, according to the study titled: ‘Do Unmarried Women Face Shortages of Partners in the U.S. Marriage Market?.’
As a result, women may instead ‘settle’ for a match that falls short of their aspirations in a husband, the study suggests.