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Marriage Dot EU: The Effect of Internet Usage on Marriage Hazard

Mario Vozar

CERGE-EI Working Papers from The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute, Prague

Abstract: The rapid growth of internet usage over the last two decades has been influencing many aspects of our life and most noticeably the ways in which people communicate with each other. Therefore, it is appropriate to ask whether the growth of internet usage influences individuals’ marital decisions in modern society. In my study, I concentrate on the effect of the growing internet usage on the gender and age-specific marriage hazard rate for the first time marriages in Europe. The panel data analysis reveals a negative impact of internet usage on male’s as well as female’s marriage hazard rate for those in their twenties.

Keywords: marriage market; divorce; internet (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 L8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-08
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