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dc.contributor.authorAhituv, Avneren_US
dc.contributor.authorLerman, Robert I.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-11-01en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T09:13:20Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T09:13:20Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/33607-
dc.description.abstractHow marriage interacts with men's earnings is an important public policy issue, given debates over programs to directly encourage healthy marriages. This paper generates new findings about the earnings-marriage relationship by estimating the linkages between marriage, work commitment, and wage rates. Unlike other studies of the marital wage premium for men, we examine how marital status and marital transitions affect hours worked as well as wage rates, take account of the feedback effect on wage rates and earnings associated with marriage effects on hours worked, estimate marriage effects on black and low skill men, control for several dimensions of selection, and follow men from age 17-40. We find that marriage increases men's earnings by about 20 percent and also find a rise in wage rates and hours worked increases marriage. These findings suggest that both marriage-enhancing and earnings-enhancing policies can set off a virtuous circle, in which marriage and earnings reinforce each other over time. Unmarried men who appear unable to support a family because of low current earnings are likely to become more adequate breadwinners once they marry. Thus, if proposed programs are able to increase the utility from and appreciation of marriage, they are likely to generate earnings gains for men as an important side effect.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 1688en_US
dc.subject.jelC23en_US
dc.subject.jelJ12en_US
dc.subject.jelJ15en_US
dc.subject.jelJ22en_US
dc.subject.jelJ31en_US
dc.subject.jelJ88en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordlabor supplyen_US
dc.subject.keywordwage determinantsen_US
dc.subject.keywordmarriageen_US
dc.subject.keywordmarital dissolutionen_US
dc.subject.stwEheen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsethiken_US
dc.subject.stwLohnen_US
dc.subject.stwMännliche Arbeitskräfteen_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleHow do marital status, wage rates, and work commitment interact?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn496430807en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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