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The Determinants of First and Second Marital Dissolution. Evidence from Britain


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  • PARISI, Lavinia

    (CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno - Italy)


This paper investigates whether the determinants of first marriage dissolution differ from determinants of second marriage dissolution. Using data from British Household Panel Survey, I estimate a simultaneous hazard model for the risk of ending a first and a second marriage, taking into account unobserved heterogeneity. The model is estimated for men and women, separately. Cross-equations unobserved heterogeneity is not statistically different from zero. The most interesting findings is related to cohabitation before marriage: it is found to affect first and second marriage dissolution risk differently, namely it is found to increase the hazard of first marriage dissolution, but to reduce the hazard of second one.

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Paper provided by CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno, Italy in its series CELPE Discussion Papers with number 121.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 30 Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:sal:celpdp:0121

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Keywords: marriage dissolutions; retrospective data; simultaneous hazard model;

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