College of Business Administration (CBA)

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-03 16:32:34



Honors Course

3250 497-003

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Fall 2019


What literature exists on women’s labor suggests that as women gain financial and economic freedom, their role in the family and home shifts as well. The sharp rise in women’s labor force participation in the latter half of the 20th century provides fertile grounds for testing this hypothesis and quantifying the effect of working on the institution of marriage. Employment could potentially help or harm an existing marriage or contribute to the selection of compatible partners. In this paper, I examine the impact of rising women's labor force participation rates on divorce rates, marital satisfaction, and women's age at first marriage. Econometric analysis is conducted in three regressions, modeling divorce rates, satisfaction, and age separately as functions of women's labor force participation and isolating for confounding variables including income, education, children, debt, and other factors that impact marriage as indicated by current literature. Variables are primarily taken from the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics and span from the mid-20th century to present.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Amanda Weinstein

First Reader

Dr. Michael Nelson

Second Reader

Dr. Elizabeth Erickson

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Erickson

Honors Project McCollum.docx (240 kB)
Full Project

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