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Dynamic Analysis of Income and Independence Effect of African American Female Labor Force Participation on Divorce

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  • Sung No

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  • Donald Andrews

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  • Ashagre Yigletu

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Despite a continuous increase in dissolution of marriages among African American females over time, no researchers have documented and published dynamic linkages among factors that cause African American family disruption. Using a contemporary time-series methodology, the study explores the dynamic impacts of African American female labor force participation rates (LFPR), incomes, and birth rates on divorce rates or vice versa. The study found that African American female divorce rates increase permanently as labor force participation rates increase, documenting a dominant independence effect of African American LFPR on divorce rates. The study also found that as more African American females participate in the labor market, birth rates decline over times. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2007

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  • Sung No & Donald Andrews & Ashagre Yigletu, 2007. "Dynamic Analysis of Income and Independence Effect of African American Female Labor Force Participation on Divorce," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 35(2), pages 159-171, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:35:y:2007:i:2:p:159-171
    DOI: 10.1007/s11293-006-9059-1
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    Keywords

    African American females; time-series methodology; divorce; J12; J15; C32;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models

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