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State dependence in Swedish social assistance in the 1990s: What happened to those who were single before the recession?

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  • Andrén, Daniela

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    (Örebro University School of Business)

  • Andrén, Thomas

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    (Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (Saco))

Abstract

Using a dynamic discrete choice model that controls for unobserved heterogeneity and the initial conditions problem, we estimate the state dependence in Swedish social assistance for Swedish-born and foreign-born who were single in 1990 before the recession period started. The estimates of the structural state dependence for Swedish-born singles indicate that it is unaffected by the event of living together with a partner, and the effect is significantly lower for women than for men. For the foreign-born singles, the state dependence for those who stay single the whole decade is equally strong for men and women, and almost not affected when the foreign-born single started to live together with a foreign-born partner.

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Paper provided by Örebro University, School of Business in its series Working Papers with number 2013:10.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 09 Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:oruesi:2013_010

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Keywords: social assistance; state dependence; country of birth; singles; married/cohabitated; unobserved heterogeneity; initial conditions; dynamic random effects probit model; GHK simulator;

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