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Twins or two single children: the influence of the multiplicity of the first birth on the divorce risk of Swedish women


  • Rainer Walke

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)


Based on Swedish register data, we compared the influence of a twin birth on the divorce risk with the influence of the sequential birth of two single children. The divorce risk for a woman with a very young child was lower than the risk for women without children or women with children older than 3.5 years. This behaviour was essentially independent of the number of children and whether or not the woman gave birth to twins. The effect of parity was much smaller than the effect of child age. The divorce risks for mothers of twins appeared to be between that of a mother with one child and a mother of two children. (AUTHOR)

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  • Rainer Walke, 2001. "Twins or two single children: the influence of the multiplicity of the first birth on the divorce risk of Swedish women," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2001-029, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2001-029

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    1. Bronars, Stephen G & Grogger, Jeff, 1994. "The Economic Consequences of Unwed Motherhood: Using Twin Births as a Natural Experiment," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 84(5), pages 1141-1156, December.
    2. Rosenzweig, Mark R & Wolpin, Kenneth I, 1980. "Testing the Quantity-Quality Fertility Model: The Use of Twins as a Natural Experiment," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 48(1), pages 227-240, January.
    3. Gunnar Andersson & Gebremariam Woldemicael, 2000. "Sex composition of children as a determinant of marriage disruption and marriage formation: evidence from Swedish register data," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2000-007, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
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    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General


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