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Does marriage affect men’s labor market outcomes? A European perspective

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  • Niklas Jakobsson

    (Norwegian Social Research (NOVA))

  • Andreas Kotsadam

    (Norwegian Social Research (NOVA)
    University of Oslo)

Abstract

Does marriage make men more productive, or do more productive men marry? Previous studies have reached different conclusions but have also been conducted using different methodologies in different countries and in different time periods. We use two sources of European panel data (spanning the years 1994–2001 and 2003–2007) to assess the relationship between marriage and labor market outcomes. By using data from 12 countries over a 13 year period, we are able to investigate the impact of marriage in different country groups and across time. We find that selection into marriage accounts for most of the differences in hours worked and wages between married and non-married men. With respect to wages we note that while the difference between married and non-married males has increased over time, the actual effect of marriage has disappeared.

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  • Niklas Jakobsson & Andreas Kotsadam, 2016. "Does marriage affect men’s labor market outcomes? A European perspective," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 14(2), pages 373-389, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:14:y:2016:i:2:d:10.1007_s11150-013-9224-7
    DOI: 10.1007/s11150-013-9224-7
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    Keywords

    Labor supply; Marriage; Marriage premium; Wage;
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    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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