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ERIC Number: EJ944348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Lucky in Life, Unlucky in Love? The Effect of Random Income Shocks on Marriage and Divorce
Hankins, Scott; Hoekstra, Mark
Journal of Human Resources, v46 n2 p403-426 Spr 2011
Economists have long been interested in the extent to which economic resources affect decisions to marry and divorce. However, this issue has been difficult to address empirically due to a lack of exogenous income shocks. We overcome this problem by exploiting the randomness of the Florida Lottery and comparing recipients of large prizes to those of small prizes. Results indicate that while positive income shocks of $25,000 to $50,000 do not cause statistically significant or economically meaningful changes in divorce rates, single women are less likely to marry as a result of the additional income. (Contains 7 tables, 6 figures and 35 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida