Finding Your Romeo and Juliet Using Evidence-Based Approaches

Type Conference Paper - 12th National Convention on Statistics
Title Finding Your Romeo and Juliet Using Evidence-Based Approaches
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
City Mandaluyong City
Country/State Philippines
URL Demographic Statistics I/IPS-02_2 Finding​Your Romeo or Juliet Using Evidence-Based Approaches.pdf
Census of Population results indicate a large proportion of the household population aged 10 years or over who are single: 45.9% in 1960, 48.3% in 1970, 44.8% in 1980, 46.6% in 1990, 43.9% in 2000, and 43.5% in 2010. In fact, of the
71.55 million household population aged 10 years or over counted as of May 1, 2010, 31.15 million were single. Surely, some of us are single by choice. But many single women and men continue to wish that they would eventually find their suitable partners in life. Whatever the reason for one’s single-blessedness, major life decisions can benefit from evidence-based approaches, using statistics available in the Philippine Statistical System. Such statistics also help us manage our life expectations better. For instance, a Statistically Speaking web article in February 2010 showed that there are relatively more men who are single than there are single women. Further, between 1980 and 2000, the proportion of married persons dropped by about 5 percentage points. Relatedly, the National Statistical Coordination Board web articles provide information on where single persons can find single partners satisfying certain criteria. Indeed, these statistics can be useful in the search for one’s Romeo or Juliet. This paper uses data from the censuses and surveys of the National Statistics Office as well as administrative-based data to update earlier initiatives by the authors in providing guidance to single women and men searching for spouses with specific demographic and economic characteristics. The paper extends the requirements/desirable characteristics of Mr. / Ms. Right to other dimensions to cover not only age group and geographic location but also income, educational attainment, religion, and ethnicity.

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