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ERIC Number: EJ944355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Changing the Price of Marriage: Evidence from Blood Test Requirements
Buckles, Kasey; Guldi, Melanie; Price, Joseph
Journal of Human Resources, v46 n3 p539-567 Sum 2011
We use state repeals of blood test requirements (BTRs) for a marriage license that occurred between 1980 and 2008 to examine the impact of changes in the price of marriage on the marriage decision. Using a within-group estimator that holds constant state and year effects and exploits variation in the repeal dates of BTRs across states, we find that BTRs are associated with a 6.1 percent decrease in marriage licenses issued by a state. This main finding is supported with results from individual-level marriage license and Current Population Survey data. The largest effects are found for lower socioeconomic groups. (Contains 10 tables, 3 figures and 24 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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