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The author presents data drawn from the March Current .Population Survey Public Use Tapes on trends in the labor force participation of young women to show that, because of an overlap between the proportion of women in school and the proportion counted as being in the labor force (young women 'working their way through school'), when the labor force participation rate is adjusted for school enrollment, even this series shows a 'topping out' over the last several years. Data are presented on trends in women's wages and occupational distribution to complement this series. Also presented are data on marriage and divorce rate trends, and the pattern of young males' wages relative to young people's expectations, which is suggested as a driving force -- together with an exogenous measure of women's wages -- behind many of the patterns exhibited over the past three decades.

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