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Female income and the divorce decision: evidence from micro data

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Escalating divorce rates during the 1960s and 1970s led to large numbers of academic investigations into the causes of divorce. Most of these studies concentrated on a significant increase in female income that resulted from rising female labour force participation rates. The difficulty with quantifying these arguments is that it is possible to observe the income of married females or it is possible to observe the income of divorced females, but it is not possible to observe both outcomes, simultaneously. This research attempts to resolve these difficulties by using sample selection techniques to correct for possible bias from simple observation of the income of married and divorced females.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Economics and Finance, Arkansas State University, P.O. Box 239, State University, AR 72467-0239, USA 2: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803, USA

Publication date: 2006-08-10

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