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An Empirical Investigation of Household Dynamics

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  • Vicky Barham

    () (Department of Economics, University of Ottawa)

  • Rose Anne Devlin

    () (Department of Economics, University of Ottawa)

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Using a Canadian micro data set, this paper uses econometric techniques to investigate the impact of public goods and public policy on the decisions to marry and divorce. Among other things, we find that public goods (home ownership, presence of children in the home, shiftwork) have a clear impact on the probability of divorce. From a policy perspective, we examine how the introduction of the 1997 Child Support Guidelines affects household formation and dissolution. While their impact on marriage is insignificant, we find that the new Guidelines have an important positive effect on the probabity of divorce.

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  • Vicky Barham & Rose Anne Devlin, 2003. "An Empirical Investigation of Household Dynamics," Working Papers 0303E, University of Ottawa, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ott:wpaper:0303e
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    Keywords

    determinants of marriage and divorce; child support guidelines; public goods;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy

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