It is commonly heard by single black women that there just are not enough men out there. And that is why some remain single. Is there really a shortage of eligible marriageable men?
That’s what researchers at The Brookings Institute are saying.
There have already been numerous articles on the topic but this study actually proves the hypothesis to be true by looking at collected data.
The purpose of the study was to to determine if there is a shortage of marriageable men and if so, what factors may be causing it.
Study authors Isabel V. Sawhill and Joanna Venator determined, “If there is a shortage of marriageable men, it is most apparent among blacks and the highly educated of both races.”
So the theory of women being too educated or making too much money to find a man still holds true?
Your next next question may be how did they come to these conclusions?
First they defined “marriageability” using multiple variables such as employment, income, children from a previous relationship, education, and rates of incarceration and early death.
Looking at data from women and men ages 25-34 who have never been married and comparing the variables, they determined that there is a shortage of men especially for African American women.
However, less educated men taking home less pay isn’t the major factor.
Weakening earnings among less-educated men have played at most a modest role in the decline of marriage. Shifts in male behavior, and the increased economic independence of women, appear to be more significant factors.
But we already knew this right? College-educated women who are considered the most “marriageable” have the greatest shortage of men.
So what do you do in this case? Marry “down” or just don’t get married at all?
The authors suggest that once economic conditions are improved so will marriage rates. I agree.
What are your thoughts on the topic? If you are a single black female who is well educated with a good paying job what do you stem the cause of your singleness to be?
Read the entire research brief here.