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Propensity Score Estimates of the Effects of Fertility on Marital Dissolution

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  • Daniela VURI

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In recent years many studies have reported significant emirical associations between fertility and marital dissolution. Whether this is a causal effect or only a correlation is not clear. This issue is explored by using matching methods. First the effect of “having children” (binary treatment) on marital disruption is investigated. Then, the method is extended to the case of “number of children in the household” (multi-valued treatment). The main findings indicate that parents do not divorce less in the presence of children but they only postpone the decision to divorce until the children get older

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Paper provided by European University Institute in its series Economics Working Papers with number ECO2003/04.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:eui:euiwps:eco2003/04

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Keywords: Fertility; marital dissolution; propensity score methods; counterfactual;

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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.

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