Annotated Bibliography – Ashley Petit de Mange

1. CNNMoney Recession

Background: The National Bureau of Economic Research is in charge of dating the start and end of economic downturns.  This article talks about how these dates are determined and how they can predict how long a recession will last.

How I intend to use it:  I will show how there are facts and numbers that prove when we are in a recession.  It will support that it’s during these time of economic hardship when it has been evident for divorce rates to fall.

2. Economy will Improve

Background: This article talks a lot about Christopher Thornberg, who is a top economist in our country.  He has a great deal of credibility as he has been in economics for years, and has predicted things such as the housing crisis.  He offers some views as to how our country will react to a rising economy and the effects we will experience.

How I intend to use it: This article discusses how it will be a slow recovery out of the recession.  I can use this article to give some sight into what will happen to Americans as we pull out of the recession and the economy improves.

3. As Economy Improves, So Does Divorce Rate

Background: This article discusses how the economy relates to many parts of Americans’ lives.  It’s said that the strength of the economy not only affects divorce rate, but it affects the marriage and childbirth rates as well.  There is also some data provided to prove these facts.

How I intend to use it:  I can use this to prove the notion that the economy affects more than just a person’s financial situation.  I can support this with the data provided.

4. Divorcing our Way to Prosperity

Background: This article discusses how divorce is good for the economy.  It provides reasons for this, such as people are forced to purchase more things now that a couple is no longer sharing items, which stimulates the economy.

How I intend to use it:  I will use this to show that once the economy does begin to improve, people who can now afford divorce feel financially comfortable getting divorced.  Following these divorces, the economy will be stimulated and will likely experience great economic growth.

5. Get Real: Marriage is a Business

Background:  This article discusses the financial relationship of a marriage, rather than just the love aspect.  It goes on to say how marriage is a good investment, as people who get married and stay married generally generate more wealth than that of single people.

How I intend to use it:  I can use the data in the article to show the change of people’s wealth throughout the process of marriage to divorce.  This can show how getting a divorce, especially during a recession, could be financially devastating, which is reason enough for couples to put off divorce.

6. Recession

Background: This source explains what a recession actually is.  It also defines other terms dealing with our country’s economic activity, which may be useful in my paper.

How I intend to use it: I will use this source to help the reader better understand my claim, as I can make it clear what a recession truly is.

9. Recession Data

Background: This source discusses the many impacts of recession on life in the United States.  It talks about the reshaping of education, family size, and marriage.  It gives data about the recession provided by The Census Bureau.

How I intend to use it: I will use this source to show how a recession has a great effect on the daily life and decisions of Americans.

10. Getting a Divorce, Recession Style

Background: This article discusses the how the economic downturn has forced couples to collaborate and be frugal.  It goes on to say how the economy makes couples rethink their values.

How I intend to use it: I will use this source to show how couples have opted to find ways to stay together and make it work during a recession, instead of getting a divorce.  The economy controls more than just one’s financial habits.

11. Great Depression Similarities

Background: This source discusses the similarities of the most recent recession and the Great Depression.  It states that divorce rates fell during the Great Depression, just as the divorce rates decreased during the most recent recession as well.  Just because divorce rates fall, however, does not necessarily mean that recessions result in happier marriages.

How I intend to use it: I will use this source to show how certain patterns have repeated throughout history, such as divorce rates decreasing during a recession.  Because of looking at past recessions, we can presume the divorce rates follow similar trends due to the status of the economy.

12. Couples Contemplating Divorce

Background: This source talks about several couples whom were contemplating divorce.  In the end, some decide to follow through with the divorce, while some decide against it.  It discusses the reasons behind the couples’ decisions of getting a divorce or not.

How I intend to use it: I will use this source to give examples of the struggles couples go through in deciding whether a divorce is in their best interest or not.  Some couples simply felt that the love was gone in their relationship, while for others felt divorce was or wasn’t necessary for financial and legal reasons.

13. Economy and Divorce

Background: This article shows data that with a gradual increase in the United States economy, an increase in divorce rates has occurred as well.  Some divorce lawyers have claimed that their business in their firms have increased by 20%-25%.  A gain in the national economy leads to things like banks lending money again and improving the stock market which has nearly doubled.

How I intend to use it: I will show how several effects of an increase in national economy in turn, allow people to more comfortably get a divorce and are more likely to be able pay all the costs and fees which go with it.

14. Recession’s Silver Lining

Background: This source provides several sets of data relating divorce rates to the bad economy.  It states that even with the tremendous amount of financial stress brought on by a recession, a surprising amount of Americans reported positive marital benefits.

How I intend to use it: This data shows that couple who did not get divorced, commonly due to lack of finances, actually end up staying together resulting in a better marriage.

15. Broken Homes, Unwanted Houses

Background: This article discusses how the economy has changed the value of matrimonial homes.  Couples who used to get divorced used to fight over the house, but now the matrimonial home is viewed as a liability rather than an asset with the bad housing market.

How I intend to use it: I will use this to give an example of the reasoning behind a couple deciding to not get divorced when the economy is poor.

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1 Response to Annotated Bibliography – Ashley Petit de Mange

  1. davidbdale says:

    Very nice.
    Grade Recorded.

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