Nunley, John and Zietz, Joachim (2008): The U.S. Divorce Rate: The 1960s Surge Versus Its Long-Run Determinants.
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This study investigates the determinants of the U.S. divorce rate from 1929 to 2006, with particular emphasis on explaining its surge in the mid-1960s. The main finding is that the divorce rate and female labor-force participation, or equivalently female participation in higher education, are endogenous variables that are linked by a negative, long-run relationship. The availability of oral contraception shifted this negative relationship to a new, higher level of divorce rates during the late-1960s and early-1970s. The Vietnam War also contributed to the rise in the divorce rate at that time. The results are very robust to different estimation methodologies.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The U.S. Divorce Rate: The 1960s Surge Versus Its Long-Run Determinants|
|Keywords:||divorce rate, female labor-force participation, female participation in higher education, oral contraceptives, unilateral divorce laws, Vietnam War|
|Subjects:||J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J10 - General
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J12 - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J11 - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
|Depositing User:||John Nunley|
|Date Deposited:||17. Jul 2009 00:23|
|Last Modified:||11. Feb 2013 18:35|
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