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Effect of Labor Division between Wife and Husband on the Risk of Divorce: Evidence from German Data


Kornelius Kraft


University of Dortmund - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Stefanie Neimann


Dortmund University of Technology


IZA Discussion Paper No. 4515

Abstract:     
Using German panel data from 1984 to 2007, we analyze the impact of labor division between husband and wife on the risk of divorce. Gary Becker's theory of marriage predicts that specialization in domestic and market work, respectively, reduces the risk of separation. Traditionally, the breadwinner role is assigned to the husband, however, female labor force participation and their wages have risen substantially. Our results suggest that there are gender-specific differences, e.g. female breadwinner-couples have a substantially higher risk of divorce than male breadwinner-couples. In contrast, the equal division does not significantly alter the probability of separation.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 18

Keywords: divorce, labor division, Germany

JEL Classification: J12, J22

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Date posted: November 9, 2009  

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Kraft, Kornelius and Neimann, Stefanie, Effect of Labor Division between Wife and Husband on the Risk of Divorce: Evidence from German Data. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4515. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1501931

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Kornelius Kraft (Contact Author)
University of Dortmund - Department of Economics ( email )
D-44221 Dortmund
Germany
+49 231 755-3152 (Phone)
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Germany
Stefanie Neimann
Dortmund University of Technology ( email )
Otto-Hahn-Str. 6a
Dortmund, 44227
Germany
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