IMAGINE that the world consists of 20 men and 20 women, all of them heterosexual and in search of a mate.Since the numbers are even, everyone can find a partner. You might not think this would make much difference. Somehow or other, she “steals” a man from one of her fellow women.
Between the ages of 20 and 29, one black man in nine is behind bars.
For black women of the same age, the figure is about one in 150.
But jail is a big part of the problem, argue Kerwin Kofi Charles, now at the University of Chicago, and Ming Ching Luoh of National Taiwan University.
They divided America up into geographical and racial “marriage markets”, to take account of the fact that most people marry someone of the same race who lives relatively close to them.
Black women tend to stay in school longer than black men.
Looking only at the non-incarcerated population, black women are 40% more likely to go to college.
It also coincided with greater opportunities for women in the workplace.
These factors must surely have had something to do with the decline of marriage.
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