Just to add another data point to the discussion in Rachel’s post…
It seems likely that part of the reason for the decline in men’s LFPR (Labor Force Participation Rate) is the general increase in women’s LFPR over the same time period. Obviously, more women working in the paid labor force means that more husbands will have the option of being supported by their wives. This is not a bad thing in and of itself; it’s only problematic if there’s an increasing trend of households in which women do all the work (paid and unpaid) and men do little or none.
UPDATE: Half Sigma writes:
I respect these guys who are enjoying their leisure instead of working. They haven’t let themselves be brainwashed by conventional middle class values which say that every man has to work otherwise he’s a loser.
As long as the guy isn’t financing his leisure in an abusive or unfair way, I agree.
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