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From Material to Non-Material Needs? The Evolution of Mate Preferences through the 20th Century in France

Lippmann, Quentin (2021) 'From Material to Non-Material Needs? The Evolution of Mate Preferences through the 20th Century in France.' The Journal of Economic History, 81 (3). pp. 831-871. ISSN 0022-0507

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Abstract

This paper studies the evolution of mate preferences throughout the 20th century in France. I digitized all the matrimonial ads published in France's best-selling monthly magazine from 1928 to 1994. Using dictionary-based methods, I show that mate preferences were mostly stable during the Great Depression, World War II and the ensuing economic boom. These preferences started transforming in the late 1960s, when economic criteria were progressively replaced by personality criteria. The timing coincides with profound family and demographic changes in French society. These findings suggest that, in the search for a long-term partner, non-material needs have replaced material ones.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: marriage; matrimonial ads; text analysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2021 10:25
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:22
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29773

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