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'I Vont To Be Alone' Transitions to Independent Living, Marriage and Divorce Among Young Americans

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  • Aassve, Arnstein
  • Burgess, Simon
  • Propper, Carol

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We investigate the importance of economic factors in young Americans’ decisions to form and dissolve households. We adopt a search theoretic framework to analyse the decisions to: leave the parental home; form a marriage or partnership; and dissolve a marriage or partnership. We focus, in particular, on the impact of economic factors. Using a 14-year panel dataset of young Americans (the NLSY), we find an important role for income in all these transitions. High income in the individual’s present state reduces the chance of changing state, while high expected income in the destination state makes a move more likely.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 1715.

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Date of creation: Oct 1997
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1715

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Keywords: Divorce; Household Formation; Marriage;

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  1. Svarer, Michael & Verner, Mette, 2003. "Do Children Stabilize Marriages?," Working Papers 03-4, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics.
  2. Svarer, Michael, . "Determinants of Divorce in Denmark," Economics Working Papers 2002-19, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
  3. Simon Burgess & Carol Propper, 1998. "Early Health Related Behaviours and their Impact on Later Life Chances: Evidence from the US (OUT (publ. in Health Economics, 7(5), 1998)," CASE Papers case06, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.

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