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Economics of Marital Instability


Gary S. Becker


University of Chicago - Department of Economics; University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

Elisabeth M. Landes


LECG/Navigant Consulting; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Robert T. Michael


University of Chicago; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

October 1976

NBER Working Paper No. w0153

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This paper focuses on the causes of divorce. Section I developsa theoretical analysis of marital dissolution incorporating uncertaintyabout the outcomes of marital decisions into a framework of utilitymaximization and the marriage market. Section II explores the implica-tions of the theoretical analysis with cross-sectional data,primarilythe 1967 Survey of Economic Opportunity and the Terman sample. Therelevance of both the theoretical and empirical analyses in explainingthe recent acceleration in the U.S. divorce rate is discussed.

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Becker, Gary S. and Landes, Elisabeth M. and Michael, Robert T., Economics of Marital Instability (October 1976). NBER Working Paper No. w0153. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=260343

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