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The Effect of Benefits on Single Motherhood in Europe

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  • Gonzalez, Libertad

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    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

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This paper uses data from the eight waves of the European Community Household Panel (1994-2001) to estimate the impact of welfare benefits on the incidence of single motherhood and headship among young women across European countries. The regressions include country fixed effects as well as time trends that are allowed to vary by country, to account for fixed and trending unmeasured factors that could influence both benefit levels and family formation. The analysis also accounts for individual characteristics and labor market conditions. The results suggest that benefit levels have a small but significant positive effect on the prevalence of single mothers. An increase in yearly benefits of 1,000 euros is estimated to increase the incidence of single mother families by about 2 percent.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2026.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2006
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics, 2007, 14 (3), 393-412
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2026

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  1. Almudena Sevilla-Sanz & Jose Ignacio Gimenez, 2007. "Household Division of Labor, Partnerships and Children: Evidence from Europe," Economics Series Working Papers 333, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  2. J. Gimenez-Nadal & Jose Molina & Almudena Sevilla-Sanz, 2012. "Social norms, partnerships and children," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, Springer, vol. 10(2), pages 215-236, June.

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