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Would You Marry Me?: The Effects of Marriage on German Couples' Allocation of Time

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  • Abdel-Rahmen El Lahga
  • Nicolas Moreau

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We evaluate the effects of the transition from cohabitation to marriage on household domestic and market work hours using a sample of working couples. For this purpose we use the 21 first waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSEOP). We adapt the estimator introduced by Semykina and Wooldridge (2005) to system GMM estimation to account for selection bias in the presence of endogenous regressors. Our results indicate that marriage increases women's specialization in home-based activities and that marriage decreases women's leisure. These effects are robust across specifications.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 12.

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Length: 31 p.
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwsop:diw_sp12

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  1. Kuhlenkasper, Torben & Kauermann, Göran, 2010. "Duration of maternity leave in Germany: A case study of nonparametric hazard models and penalized splines," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 17(3), pages 466-473, June.

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