Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/152339
Authors: 
Grossbard, Shoshana
Vernon, Victoria
Year of Publication: 
2014
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of Labor Economics [ISSN:] 2193-8997 [Volume:] 3 [Year:] 2014 [Pages:] 1-26
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adults live in couples in the US CLM effects are identified through cross-state and time variation, as some states repealed CLM over the period examined.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, age, and parent status. CLM reduces in-couple residence, and more so for childless adults and where there are fewer men per woman. Effects are larger for college-educated men and women without college. CLM effects on likelihood of marriage and cohabitation and likelihood of being divorced if ever-married are also estimated.
Subjects: 
Common-law marriage
Couple
Couple formation
Marriage
Cohabitation
Gary Becker
JEL: 
J10
J12
J16
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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