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Divorce, Fertility and the Shot Gun Marriage


Alberto F. Alesina


Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Paola Giuliano


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

July 2006

NBER Working Paper No. w12375

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Total fertility declined in states that introduced unilateral divorce, which makes dissolution of marriage easier. Also the ratio of out-of-wedlock fertility over total declined. We suggest an explanation (and provide supportive evidence for it) based upon the effect of divorce laws on the probability of entering and exiting marriage. Women planning to have children marry more easily with an easier "exit option" from marriage. Thus, more children are born in the first years of marriage, while the total marital fertility does not change, probably as a result of an increase in divorces and marital instability.

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Date posted: July 26, 2006  

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Alesina, Alberto F. and Giuliano, Paola, Divorce, Fertility and the Shot Gun Marriage (July 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12375. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=918973

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Alberto F. Alesina (Contact Author)
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Paola Giuliano
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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