Journal article

Local marriage markets in Great Britain: how diverse?

Máire Ni Bhrolcháin, Tom Wilson, Wendy Sigle-Rushton

Popul Trends | Published : 2002


Estimates are made of the number of potential marriage partners available for unmarried men and women, by age, in Great Britain in 1991 and how this varies across local districts. The preferences of men and women in relation to partner ages are taken into account in the estimates. Average partner supply declines by age for women and increases with age for men. Marriage markets differ between local areas but the differentiation is not as substantial as in many other aspects of local demography and is a good deal less than the variation that occurs through time. Young women and older men have advantageous marriage markets almost everywhere while young men and older women are at a disadvantage ..

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