Assortative Mating and Divorce: Evidence from Austrian Register Data

30 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2009

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Wolfgang Frimmel

University of Linz

Martin Halla

Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG); Johannes Kepler University Linz - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rudolf Winter-Ebmer

Johannes Kepler University Linz - Department of Economics; Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) - Department of Economics & Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This paper documents that changes in assortative mating patterns over the last four decades along the dimensions of age, ethnicity and religion are not responsible for the increasing marital stability in Austria. Quite the contrary, without the rise in the age at marriage, divorce rates would be considerably higher. Immigration and secularization, and the resulting supply of spouses with diverse ethnicity and religious denominations had no overall effect on divorce rates. Countervailing effects ヨ in line with theoretical predictions ヨ offset each other. The rise in the incidence in divorce is most probably caused by changing social norms.

Keywords: assortative mating, divorce, marital instability, immigration

JEL Classification: J12, J11, J15, Z12, D1, R2

Suggested Citation

Frimmel, Wolfgang and Halla, Martin and Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf, Assortative Mating and Divorce: Evidence from Austrian Register Data. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4446, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489269 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1489269

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Martin Halla

Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG) ( email )

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