Changing the Price of Marriage: Evidence from Blood Test Requirements
AbstractWe use state repeals of blood test requirements (BTRs) for a marriage license that occurred between 1980 and 2008 to examine the impact of changes in the price of marriage on the marriage decision. Using a within-group estimator that holds constant state and year effects and exploits variation in the repeal dates of BTRs across states, we find that BTRs are associated with a 6.1 percent decrease in marriage licenses issued by a state. This main finding is supported with results from individual-level marriage license and Current Population Survey data. The largest effects are found for lower socioeconomic groups.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.
Volume (Year): 46 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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- Kasey S. Buckles & Melanie E. Guldi & Joseph Price, 2009. "Changing the Price of Marriage: Evidence from Blood Test Requirements," NBER Working Papers 15161, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
- K36 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Family and Personal Law
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