EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Symbolism Matters: The Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Legalization on Partnership Stability

Shuai Chen and C. VAN OURS Jan

No 2019-14, LISER Working Paper Series from LISER

Abstract: We study the effect of marriage on the stability of formal partnerships exploiting same-sex marriage legalization in the Netherlands as a natural experiment. Same-sex marriage legalization allowed registered partnerships to be transformed into marriage. Since registered partnerships and marriages are similar in terms of rights and obligations we can investigate the effect of marital symbolism on the partnership stability. Using rich administrative data, we find that same-sex marriage legalization had two different effects. First, it increased the separation rate of existing same-sex registered partnerships. Second, partnerships that were transformed into marriage had a substantially lower separation rate. We take the second finding as evidence of the symbolic effect of marriage stabilizing partnerships.

Keywords: Same-sex marriage; registered partnership; separation; duration analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D78 J12 J15 J16 K36 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2019-11
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.liser.lu/publi_viewer.cfm?tmp=4408 (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Symbolism matters: The effect of same-sex marriage legalization on partnership stability (2020) Downloads
Working Paper: Symbolism Matters: The Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Legalization on Partnership Stability (2019) Downloads
Working Paper: Symbolism Matters: The Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Legalization on Partnership Stability (2019) Downloads
Working Paper: Symbolism Matters: The Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Legalization on Partnership Stability (2019) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:irs:cepswp:2019-14

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in LISER Working Paper Series from LISER 11, Porte des Sciences, L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette, G.-D. Luxembourg. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Library and Documentation ().

 
Page updated 2021-03-01
Handle: RePEc:irs:cepswp:2019-14