Shortage?

Single, college-educated women are facing man deficit in U.S.

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In a thought provoking “Room for Debate” discussion on The New York Times website, Jon Birger, author of Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game tells college-educated single women they may be out of luck if they plan on marrying a man with an equal education level. According to Birger, with women attending college in greater numbers than men, there is a “man deficit.” The issue is exacerbated because degree-holding women and men would rather stay single than marry someone who didn’t graduate from college. Birger says that due to that preference, “The odds of a non-college graduate marrying a college graduate are lower now than at any point since the 1950s. But that is bound to change. I foresee a rise in what I call ‘mixed-collar marriages’ — professional women marrying working-class men.” He continues to say, “The fact is, with 134 women for every 100 men, there is simply no way all the young college-grad women who wish to marry college-grad men can do so. Not unless there is a huge spike in the divorce rate.” Birger insists there may be a positive side to this problem — even though carpenters and cops may not be the strongest providers (according to him), they may be the most interested in settling down.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

An earlier version of this story indicated that the “man deficit” occurred in 2012. Jon Birger let us know it’s actually been going on since the 1980s. This article has been updated to reflect that.

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