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Women's Labor Force Participation and Probability of Getting Divorced

Dong, Xu (2018): Women's Labor Force Participation and Probability of Getting Divorced.

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Abstract

By using individual level panel data from 1995 to 1997, and running models with individual fixed effect and year fixed effect, the author concludes that there is no valid evidence that increase in women labor force participation can lead to rise of probability of getting divorced. Furthermore, this effect is heterogeneous among different education levels. Empirical results also find out that having high school degree has positive effect on the probability of getting divorced, while having college degree, income and number of children inthe family all have negative effect. Based on these results, measures which can increase women’s college education rate can help lower divorce rate.

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