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Sunday, September 18, 2005

The Glut of Men

Here's one way labor markets have been changing since 1970, particularly for workers aged 20-44.  In 1970 there were approximately 95 men per 100 women in this age group.  Today the ratio is around 102 men per 100 women:

More Boys Than Girls, by Rodger Doyle, Scientific American:  [T]he sex ratio ... [is generally]... defined as the number of males per 100 females... Before World War I, immigrants, who tended to be predominantly male, kept the ratio high. Restrictive legislation in the 1920s and the Great Depression of the 1930s reduced the influx to a trickle. Beginning in the 1940s, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, both of which affected men far more than women, resulted in an increasing proportion of females. The rise in the ratio since 1970 has resulted from a greater reduction in mortality among males than females. ... The rising sex ratios of the past few decades means that American women of mating age are becoming, for the second time in U.S. history, a scarce commodity in the marriage market, although over the foreseeable future they will not be as rare as in earlier times...

Number of men per 100 women in the U.S.

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