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dc.contributor.authorAlesina, Albertoen_US
dc.contributor.authorGiuliano, Paolaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-12-07en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T09:53:54Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T09:53:54Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/34016-
dc.description.abstractUsing the birth certificates data from the Vital Statistics of the USA between 1968 and 1999, we construct state level panel data of different measures of fertility and examine the change in divorce laws. Total fertility declined in states that introduced unilateral divorce, which makes dissolution of marriage easier. Most of this effect is due to a decline of out-of-wedlock fertility. 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. The effect of changes in divorce laws is greater among whites than African Americans.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 2157en_US
dc.subject.jelJ12en_US
dc.subject.jelJ13en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keyworddivorce lawsen_US
dc.subject.keywordfertilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordmarriageen_US
dc.titleDivorce, fertility and the shot gun marriageen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn513214224en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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