The Rise and Fall of Divorce - A Sociological Adjustment of Becker’s Model of the Marriage Market
Signe Andersen () and
No 2010/4, IFRO Working Paper from University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics
Despite the strong and persistent influence of Gary Becker’s marriage model, the model does not completely explain the observed correlation between married women’s labor market participation and overall divorce rates. In this paper we show how a simple sociologically inspired extension of the model realigns the model’s predictions with the observed trends. The extension builds on Becker’s own claim that partners match on preference for partner specialization, and, as a novelty, on additional sociological theory claiming that preference coordination tend to happen subconsciously. When we incorporate this aspect into Becker’s model, the model provides predictions of divorce rates and causes that fit more closely with empirical observations.
Keywords: marriage; market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://okonomi.foi.dk/workingpapers/WPpdf/WP2010/W ... and_fall_divorce.pdf (application/pdf)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:foi:wpaper:2010_04
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in IFRO Working Paper from University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Geir Tveit ().