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Partnership Dissolution in the UK – the Role of Economic Circumstances


  • Rene Boheim
  • John Ermisch


Estimates based on couples with dependent children in the first eight years of the British Household Panel Study (1991‐98) indicate that changes in a couple's economic circumstances affect the probability that a partnership dissolves. In particular, unexpected improvements in finances substantially reduce the dissolution risk, which strongly supports the importance of new information in decisions concerning partnership dissolution. Measures of a couple's own expectations concerning their financial situation over the coming year have been used in conjunction with realised changes to gauge the impact of unexpected changes. The study also finds that the risk of partnership dissolution increases with the number of children.

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  • Rene Boheim & John Ermisch, 2001. "Partnership Dissolution in the UK – the Role of Economic Circumstances," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 63(2), pages 197-208, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:63:y:2001:i:2:p:197-208
    DOI: 10.1111/1468-0084.00216

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