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Insult to Injury: Disability, Earnings, and Divorce

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  • Perry Singleton

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This study examines the effect of work-limiting disabilities on the likelihood of divorce. Theoretically, the effect depends on the disability hazard at the time of onset and the impact of disability on marital value. The theory therefore implies, based on a set of empirically supported premises, that the effect of disability on divorce should decrease with age, increase with education, and increase with disability severity. Data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation support these predictions. The effect of a work-preventing disability is greatest among young, educated males, increasing the divorce hazard by 13.3 percentage points.

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Paper provided by Center for Retirement Research in its series Working Papers, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College with number wp2009-25.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
Date of revision: Nov 2009
Handle: RePEc:crr:crrwps:wp2009-25

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  1. Baert, Stijn, 2014. "Wage Subsidies and Hiring Chances for the Disabled: Some Causal Evidence," IZA Discussion Papers 8318, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Bruce D. Meyer & Wallace K. C. Mok, 2006. "Disability, Earnings, Income and Consumption," Working Papers, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago 0610, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago.
  3. Laura Turner & Aloysius Siow & Gueorgui Kambourov, 2014. "Relationship Skills in the Labor and Marriage Markets," 2014 Meeting Papers, Society for Economic Dynamics 155, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  4. Melissa Ruby Banzhaf, 2013. "When It Rains It Pours: Under What Circumstances Does Job Loss Lead to Divorce," Working Papers, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau 13-62, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.

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