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COVID-19, marriage, and divorce in Japan

Mizuki Komura and Hikaru Ogawa

Review of Economics of the Household, 2022, vol. 20, issue 3, No 7, 853 pages

Abstract: Abstract Using monthly panel dataset of prefectures in Japan, this study explored the effects of stay-at-home policies on the flows into and out of marriage. It was found that these policies significantly reduced both outcomes. According to our estimates, a nationwide state of emergency reduced the number of marriages per 1000 population by 10.4%, while that of divorces was reduced by 27.0%. Moreover, the prefectures designated as the special-precautions area suffered additional reductions with 6.1% and 8.9% for those of marriage and divorce, respectively.

Keywords: COVID-19; Marriage; Divorce; I18; J12; R23; R28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s11150-022-09609-7

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