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Assortative mating and divorce: evidence from Austrian register data

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  • Wolfgang Frimmel
  • Martin Halla
  • Rudolf Winter-Ebmer

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This paper documents that changes in assortative mating patterns over the last four decades along the dimensions of age, ethnicity and religion are not responsible for the increasing marital stability in Austria. Quite the contrary, without the rise in the age at marriage, divorce rates would be considerably higher. Immigration and secularization, and the resulting supply of spouses with diverse ethnicity and religious denominations had no overall effect on divorce rates. Countervailing effects – in line with theoretical predictions – offset each other. The rise in the incidence in divorce is most probably caused by changing social norms.

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Article provided by Royal Statistical Society in its journal Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society).

Volume (Year): 176 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 907-929

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jorssa:v:176:y:2013:i:4:p:907-929

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  1. Wolfgang Frimmel & Martin Halla & Rudolf Winter-Ebmer, 2012. "Can Pro-Marriage Policies Work? An Analysis of Marginal Marriages," Economics working papers, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria 2012-09, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
  2. Cahit Guven & Claudia Senik & Holger Stichnoth, 2010. "You Can't Be Happier Than Your Wife: Happiness Gaps and Divorce," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 261, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
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