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The Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce: A Fifteen-Country Study with the Fertility and Family Survey

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  • Andreas Diekmann

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  • Kurt Schmidheiny

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Studies mainly from the United States provide evidence that children of divorced parents face a higher risk of divorce in their own marriages. We estimate and analyze the effects of divorce transmission using comparative individual data from the United Nations for 13 eastern and western European countries as well as for Canada and the United States. We find substantial and highly statistically significant transmission effects in all samples. This shows that the intergenerational transmission of divorce is a widespread phenomenon observed without a single exception in our data covering a large number of countries with differing historical, institutional, and cultural contexts.

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  • Andreas Diekmann & Kurt Schmidheiny, 2004. "The Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce: A Fifteen-Country Study with the Fertility and Family Survey," ETH Zurich Sociology Working Papers 4, ETH Zurich, Chair of Sociology, revised Mar 2008.
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    1. Nicholas Wolfinger, 1999. "Trends in the intergenerational transmission of divorce," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 36(3), pages 415-420, August.
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    1. Sabine Zinn, 2014. "The MicSim Package of R: An Entry-Level Toolkit for Continuous-Time Microsimulation," International Journal of Microsimulation, International Microsimulation Association, vol. 7(3), pages 3-32.
    2. Anna Christina D'Addio, 2007. "Intergenerational Transmission of Disadvantage: Mobility or Immobility Across Generations?," OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers 52, OECD Publishing.

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    Keywords

    Divorce; Divorce Risk; Intergenerational Transmission; Consequences of Divorce; Child Well-being;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies

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