The Economics of Contemporary American Jewish Family Life
Publication Date: January 1998
Publisher(s): Institute of Contemporary Jewry
Author(s): Carmel Ullman Chiswick
Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry 14, 65-80.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Demography; Socioeconomic status; Family
Coverage: United States
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.