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Michael, Robert T.

Works: 51 works in 177 publications in 3 languages and 8,113 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator
Classifications: HQ18.U5, 306.70973
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Most widely held works by Robert T Michael
Sex in America : a definitive survey by Robert T Michael( Book )

20 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and Dutch and held by 1,622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the first time ever, Sex in America reveals the myth-shattering results of the only comprehensive and methodologically sound survey of America's sexual practices and beliefs. In 1992, highly regarded social scientists Robert T. Michael, John H. Gagnon, and Edward O. Laumann embarked on an unprecedented study of America's sex life. Working through the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, their staff of 220 interviewers spent seven months interviewing 3,432 scientifically selected respondents about all aspects of their sex lives, histories, and beliefs. More important, unlike the famous but inherently flawed reports of Alfred Kinsey, Redbook and Playboy magazines, Shere Hite, Samuel and Cynthia Janus, and others, this survey relied on a random sample of Americans rather than on an unrepresentative group of volunteers. The resulting data reveal not just what we do sexually but how society shapes even our most private sexual experiences. They show not just why we are the way we are, but what it might take to change this behavior. Sure to arouse considerable controversy, the survey directly contradicts many of the conclusions of previous reports and defies widely held conventional wisdom about America's sexual practices and beliefs, with startling revelations about how often people have sex, how many partners they have, and where they meet them; the likelihood that the AIDS epidemic will spread into the heterosexual population; what people like to do in bed; how many Americans are homosexual; the incidence of forced sex; and why some people are more satisfied with their sex lives than others. After years of misleading statistics and unsubstantiated claims, Sex in America presents a comprehensive, reliable look at America's collective sex life, the definitive word on American sexuality today
Sex, love, and health in America : private choices and public policies( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social awakening : adolescent behavior as adulthood aproaches( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pay equity : empirical inquiries by National Research Council (U.S.)( Book )

13 editions published between 1900 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The effect of education on efficiency in consumption by Robert T Michael( Book )

20 editions published between 1969 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allocation of income within the household by Edward P Lazear( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Measuring poverty : a new approach by National Research Council Staff( Book )

17 editions published between 1900 and 1995 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

And recommendations -- Introduction and overview -- Poverty thresholds -- Adjusting poverty thresholds -- Defining resources -- Effects of the proposed poverty measure -- Other issues in measuring poverty -- The poverty measure and AFDC -- Appendix A: Dissent -- Appendix B: Data sources for measuring poverty -- Appendix C: The interdependence of time and money -- Appendix D: Assistance programs for people with low-incomes
National Health and Social Life Survey, 1992 [United States] by Edward O Laumann( )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this study was to collect extensive information on the sexual experiences and other social, demographic, attitudinal, and health-related characteristics of adults in the United States. Social background information was collected on cohabitational (including married) partners and sexual partners in the year before the survey. Both social and sexual data were collected on up to two of the respondents' most recent sexual partners in the 12 months preceding the survey. Major areas of investigation include sexual experiences such as number of sexual partners in given time periods, frequency of particular practices, and timing of various sexual events. The data cover childhood and adolescence, as well as adulthood. Other topics in the survey relate to sexual victimization, marriage and cohabitation, and fertility. Respondents were also queried about their physical health, including history of sexually transmitted diseases. Respondents' attitudes toward premarital sex, the appeal of particular practices such as oral sex, and levels of satisfaction with particular sexual relationships were also studied. Demographic items include race, education, political and religious affiliation, income, and occupation.... Cf.:
Sexwende : Liebe in den 90ern - der Report( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The home environment : a mechanism through which maternal employment affects child development by Sonalde Desai( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contraception and fertility : household production under uncertainty by Robert T Michael( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the past century fertility behavior in the United States has undergone profound changes Measured by cohort fertility the average number of children per married woman had declined from about 5.5 children at the time of the Civil War to 2.4 children at the time of the Great Depression. It is seldom emphasized however that an even greater relative change took place in the dispersion of fertility among these women: the percentage of women with, say, seven or more children declined from 36% to under 6%. While students of population have offered reasonably convincing explanations for the decline in fertility over time, they have not succeeded in explaining the fluctuations in the trend and have made surprisingly little effort to explain the large and systematic decline in the dispersion of fertility over time. In this paper we attempt to study contraception behavior and its effects on fertility. One of the effects on which we focus considerable attention is the dispersion or variance in fertility. Our analysis is applied to cross-sectional data but it also provides an explanation for the decline in the variance in fertility over time"--NBER website
Causation among socioeconomic time series by Robert T Michael( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using annual U.S. time series data from 1950-1974, formal tests of causation are performed among three socioeconomic phenomena: women's labor force participation rates, fertility rates, and divorce rates. Box-Jenkins and other techniques are employed with Granger-Sims type definition of causation based on leads and lags. Women's labor force participation appears to be causally prior to both fertility and divorce; the direction of effect on fertility is negative and on divorce, positive. Additional tests with alternative definitions of variables and a longer (1924-1974) time span also exhibit causal influence from fertility to divorce (with no feedback). When per capita income is also tested for causal influence, it, too, appears causally prior to fertility and divorce
A state price index by Victor R Fuchs( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No cross-sectional consumer price index is currently available by state, and the BLS's cross-sectional "family budget" index for metropolitan areas is not well-suited for cross-state analyses. In this paper we propose an algorithm for constructing a state-specific Laspeyres price index using conveniently available information from the Census of Business and the Survey of Current Business. The index is calculated for each state (and for Census divisions and regions) for 1967 and 1972. Its characteristics are discussed, and it is used to deflate nominal per capita income by state. Comparing "real" income by state with nominal income by state, the former has substantially less variation cross-sectionally but greater variation over time (between 1967 and 1972)
Changes in household living arrangements : 1950-1976 by Robert T Michael( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The growth in single-person households is a pervasive behavioral phenomenon in the United States in the post-war period. In this paper we investigate determinants of the propensity to live alone, using 1970 data across states for single men and women ages 25 to 34 and for elderly widows. Income level appears to be a major determinant of the propensity to live alone. The estimated cross-state equations track about three-quarters of the increase in the propensity to live alone between 1950�1976 and suggest that income growth has been the principal identified influence. Other variables found to affect (positively) the propensity to live alone include mobility, schooling level, and for young people a measure of social climate; non-whites appear to have a somewhat lower propensity to live alone"--NBER website
Family size and the distribution of per capita income by Edward P Lazear( Book )

4 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"This paper is another contribution to the vast literature which addresses this issue: comparison of household income per capita among households of different structures requires judgment about the relationship between real income and family size. Our work uses a revealed preference approach in which household size/structure variables are included in empirical demand studies and the estimated coefficients on these variables are used to infer equivalence; it differs from many of the other studies not in basic concept but in its empirical strategy. While most studies build family composition effects into a relatively formal structural model of demand and impose considerable restriction in order to obtain an estimable system, we use a reduced-form approach which requires much less of the data"--NBER website
Variation across households in the rate of inflation by Robert T Michael( Book )

4 editions published between 1975 and 1979 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This paper reports on an empirical investigation of the distribution of inflation rates across households. The study uses a large cross-sectional survey of households to obtain information on the composition of the market bundles of goods and services purchased by each of several thousand households in the U.S. It also uses published data for the U.S. on monthly changes in the separate indices of prices of some fifty expenditure items which comprise consumers' market bundles. With information on price changes for these fifty items and the composition of households' consumption bundles, a price index is computed for each of some 11,000 households separately for several recent periods of time. The distributions of these price indices are studied and the relationships between household characteristics and these price indices are investigated
Two Papers on the Recent Rise in U.S. Divorce Rate( )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper seeks to explain the recent rise in U.S. divorce rates using an economic framework. Annual time series data from1920 to 1974 are used in the empirical analysis. The estimated equation tracks the actual series quite well. It attributes the recent increase in divorce to improved contraceptive technology, reduced average duration of marriage (resulting from the age distribution of the population) and income growth. Projections suggest a flattening of the divorce rate series in the near future
Factors Affecting Divorce : A Study of the Terman Sample( )

2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Within the past few years, renewed interest in understanding marital behavior has resulted in a number of studies which focus on an equation estimating the probability of divorce or remarriage. This paper reports on one such effort. It offers a brief rationale for and an estimation of probability functions for divorce rates at specific lengths of marriage duration for a very unrepresentative sample of American women -- a group of geniuses. The data are from the "Terman sample" of some 671 women selected in 1921 (together with a comparable group of men) by psychologist Lewis N. Terman. The sample was chosen from children enrolled in California schools in urban areas. It included children, preselected by their teachers, whose measured IQ was 135 or above. The sample thus represented students in the highest one percent of the school population in general intelligence. In another report I have compared the marital behavior of these Terman subjects to the relevant California population, controlling for the very high level of schooling and the somewhat constricted distribution of age at first marriage among the Terman subjects (Michael 1976). The Terman subjects generally exhibited the same qualitative relationships between marital patterns and such variables as age at marriage and schooling as the California population. However, one should keep in mind the very special nature of this sample when comparing results with other studies
Economics of Marital Instability( )

2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper focuses on the causes of divorce. Section I developsa theoretical analysis of marital dissolution incorporating uncertaintyabout the outcomes of marital decisions into a framework of utilitymaximization and the marriage market. Section II explores the implica-tions of the theoretical analysis with cross-sectional data, primarilythe 1967 Survey of Economic Opportunity and the Terman sample. Therelevance of both the theoretical and empirical analyses in explainingthe recent acceleration in the U.S. divorce rate is discussed
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Sex, love, and health in America : private choices and public policies
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マイケル, ロバート・T

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Sex, love, and health in America : private choices and public policiesSocial awakening : adolescent behavior as adulthood aproachesPay equity : empirical inquiriesMeasuring poverty : a new approach