Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/111528
Authors: 
Marinescu, Ioana E.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9075
Abstract: 
Learning about marriage quality has been proposed as a key mechanism for explaining how the probability of divorce evolves with marriage duration, and why people often cohabit before getting married. I develop four theoretical models of divorce, three of which include learning. I use data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation to test reduced form implications of these models. The data is inconsistent with models including a substantial amount of learning. On the other hand, the data is consistent with a model without any learning, but where marriage quality changes over time.
Subjects: 
divorce
job loss
learning
JEL: 
J12
J63
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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