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Marital disruption and economic well-being: a comparative analysis

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  • Aassve, Arnstein
  • Betti, Gianni
  • Mazzuco, Stefano
  • Mencarini, Letizia

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Though there is a considerable literature concerned with the economic consequences of marital breakdown, there is still substantial disagreement in terms of its magnitude. One of the major problems underlying this debate is how economic well-being is defined. In this work we implement several measures of well-being of monetary and multidimensional nature using data from European Community Household Panel. Another issue in this literature concerns selection bias of divorcing couples. We tackle this issue using a propensity score matching technique combined with a Difference-in-Differences estimator. Results confirm the importance of well-being definition. We find a high gender bias when using monetary measures but a considerably lower one or even non existent when using non-monetary indices.

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  1. Bruno Arpino & Arnstein Aassve, 2013. "Estimating the causal effect of fertility on economic wellbeing: data requirements, identifying assumptions and estimation methods," Empirical Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 44(1), pages 355-385, February.
  2. Bruno Arpino & Fabrizia Mealli, 2008. "The specification of the propensity score in multilevel observational studies," Working Papers, "Carlo F. Dondena" Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (DONDENA), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi 006, "Carlo F. Dondena" Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (DONDENA), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi.
  3. Chiara Pronzato & Arnstein Aassve, 2013. "Marital breakup and children's behavioural responses," CHILD Working Papers Series, Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD) - CCA 12, Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD) - CCA.
  4. Feijten Peteke & Maarten van Ham, 2007. "Residential mobility and migration of the separated," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 17(21), pages 623-654, December.
  5. Hayley Fisher & Hamish Low, 2012. "Financial implications of relationship breakdown: does marriage matter?," IFS Working Papers, Institute for Fiscal Studies W12/17, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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  8. James Raymo & Yanfei Zhou, 2012. "Living Arrangements and the Well-Being of Single Mothers in Japan," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, Springer, vol. 31(5), pages 727-749, October.
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