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The Dynamics of Marriage and Divorce

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  • Gustaf Bruze

    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • Michael Svarer

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    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • Michael Yoram Weiss

    (Eitan Bergalas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University and Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

Abstract

We formulate and estimate a dynamic model of marriage, divorce, and remarriage using 27 years of panel data for the entire Danish cohort born in 1960. The marital surplus is identified from the probability of divorce, and the surplus shares of husbands and wives from their willingness to enter marriage. Education and marriage order are complements in generating gains from marriage. Educated men and women receive a larger share of the marital gains but this effect is mitigated when their proportion rises. Education stabilizes marriage and second marriages are less stable. As the cohort ages, uneducated men are the most likely to be single.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2012-06.

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Date of creation: 20 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2012-06

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  1. Ian Smith, 2012. "Reinterpreting the economics of extramarital affairs," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 10(3), pages 319-343, September.

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