Household Indebtedness and Separation in Britain: Evidence from the Families and Children Survey

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Sarah Bridges

University of Nottingham

Richard F. Disney

University of Nottingham; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Axia Economics

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

We examine the effect of household financial indebtedness on the incidence of partnership dissolution using a large household survey of families with children in Britain. We use detailed data on household finances to provide a more robust statistical analysis of the relationship and to avoid the potential simultaneity of financial and psychological health. We examine whether the data provide any support for the ‘economic’ models of divorce and separation of Gary Becker and others.

Keywords: childrens law, family law, recession, Families and Children Survey, partnership dissolution, divorce, Gary Becker

Suggested Citation

Bridges, Sarah and Disney, Richard F., Household Indebtedness and Separation in Britain: Evidence from the Families and Children Survey (2012). Child and Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 24-38, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2244331

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