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Stable Income, Stable Family

Isaac Swensen Ⓡ, Jason Lindo () and Krishna Regmi

No 27753, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We document the effect of unemployment insurance generosity on divorce and fertility, using an identification strategy that leverages state-level changes in maximum benefits over time and comparisons across workers who have been laid off and those that have not been laid off. The results indicate that higher benefit levels reduce the probability of divorce and increase the probability of having children for laid-off men. In contrast, for laid-off women we find little evidence of effects of unemployment insurance generosity on divorce and we find suggestive evidence that it reduces their fertility.

JEL-codes: H53 I38 J12 J13 J16 J65 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-08
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