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The Not-So-Great Reason Divorce Rates Are Declining

What’s changed isn’t marriage, but the types of people who are likeliest to get married.
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In the past 10 years, the percentage of American marriages that end in divorce has fallen, and in a new paper, the University of Maryland sociologist Philip Cohen quantified the drop-off: Between 2008 and 2016, the divorce rate declined by 18 percent overall.

After accounting for the rising average age of married Americans and other demographic shifts

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