The Economics of Contemporary American Jewish Family Life

By Carmel Ullman Chiswick

Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, 1998

The Jewish community in the United States has experienced a remarkable economic transformation during the twentieth century, from a community of impoverished immigrants to one of suburban professionals. This article first considers implications for American Jews' consumption patterns, including investments related to family life in general and Jewish family life in particular. Then follows an analysis of the effect of economic incentives on marriage, fertility and parenting, along with the consequences for American Jewish demographic patterns. The final section presents a brief summary of findings and some implications for the future of the American Jewish family. In Studies in Contemporary Jewry 14, 65-80.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Family, Demography

Name of Publication: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Volume/Issue: 14

Page Number(s): 65-80

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Chiswick, Carmel Ullman. The Economics of Contemporary American Jewish Family Life. Studies in Contemporary Jewry. Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. 1998: 65-80.


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