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The impact of more complex family structure upon marital earnings premiums


  • Reed Neil Olsen


This article employs a unique data set from Trinidad and Tobago to examine the impact of their more complex family structures upon marital earnings premiums. While family structure includes the single married couple structure common in the US, families in Trinidad and Tobago often have more adults living in the household, multiple married couples living in the same family, and multigenerational families. Marital premiums for family members most likely to invest in labor market production are estimated to increase with more complex family structure. In contrast, estimated marital premiums for members most likely to invest in home production are decreased with more complex family structure. Results suggest that specialization within the larger family help explain the existence of marital premiums.

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  • Reed Neil Olsen, 2010. "The impact of more complex family structure upon marital earnings premiums," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(2), pages 149-178.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:24:y:2010:i:2:p:149-178
    DOI: 10.1080/02692171003590062

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