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Tyler Cowen

The Side Effects of the Decline of Men

Politics and relationships will change as male white-collar workers lose out to women.
This isn't the end of men, just a decline.

This isn't the end of men, just a decline.

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Some questions for this Valentine's Day: Why do relations between the sexes, at least in public rhetoric, seem so fraught these days? Why are the political views of educated women turning against the president, relative to his male supporters? Why are marriage rates rising for educated Americans but falling for the less educated? Some new results about labor markets -- quantifying the loss in male status -- may help shed light on these and other puzzles.

New research shows that the percentage of college-educated men working in cognitive, high-wage occupations has been falling. For women that percentage has been rising. So, I suggest, if men feel as if they are in decline, combined with the already-known phenomenon of male wage stagnation, that may unsettle society and politics as we have known them.