The Price of Virtue

Margaret F. Brinig

Notre Dame Law School

F. H. Buckley

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty


This Article offers new evidence on the determinants of U.S. unwed birth rates from 1975 to 1990. We show that higher illegitimacy rates are positively and significantly correlated with payments under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. Our results are also consistent with explanations which attribute the increase in illegitimacy to a decline in community-based social sanctions, which form part of a state's social capital.

JEL Classification: H7, I38

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Date posted: May 19, 1998  

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Brinig, Margaret F. and Buckley, F. H., The Price of Virtue (Undated ). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4020

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Margaret Friedlander Brinig
Notre Dame Law School ( email )
P.O. Box 780
3157 Eck Hall of Law
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
United States
574-631-2303 (Phone)
574-631=8078 (Fax)

Francis (Frank) H. Buckley (Contact Author)
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States
703-993-8028 (Phone)
703-993-8088 (Fax)

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