Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/103480
Authors: 
Grossbard, Shoshana
Vernon, Victoria
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8480
Abstract: 
The Current Population Survey is used to investigate effects of Common Law Marriage (CLM) on whether young US-born adults live in couples in the U.S. CLM effects are identified through cross-state and time variation, as some states abolished CLM over the period examined. Analysis based on Gary Becker's marriage economics helps explain why CLM affects couple formation and does so differently depending on education, sex ratios and parent status. CLM reduces in-couple residence, and more so for childless whites and where there are fewer men per woman. Effects are larger for college-educated men and women without college.
Subjects: 
Common-Law Marriage
couple
couple formation
marriage
cohabitation
Gary Becker
JEL: 
J10
J12
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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