EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Does the Welfare State Destroy the Family? Evidence from OECD Member Countries

Martin Halla (), Mario Lackner () and Johann Scharler

Department of Economics Working Papers from Vienna University of Economics and Business, Department of Economics

Abstract: We study the effect of the size of the welfare state on family outcomes in OECD member countries. Exploiting exogenous variation in public social spending, due to varying degrees of political fractionalization (i.e. the number of relevant parties involved in the legislative process), we show that an expansion in the welfare state increases the fertility, marriage, and divorce rates with a quantitatively stronger effect on the marriage rate. We conclude that the welfare state supports family formation. Nevertheless, we also find that the welfare state decouples marriage and fertility, and therefore, alters the organization of the family.

Keywords: Marriage; divorce; fertility; welfare state; risk sharing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 J13 J18 D1 D62 H31 H53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem and nep-soc
Date: 2013-02
Note: PDF Document
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://epub.wu.ac.at/3822/1/wp150.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Does the Welfare State Destroy the Family? Evidence from OECD Member Countries (2016) Downloads
Working Paper: Does the Welfare State Destroy the Family? Evidence from OECD Member Countries (2013) Downloads
Working Paper: Does the Welfare State Destroy the Family? Evidence from OECD Member Countries (2013) Downloads
Working Paper: Does the Welfare State Destroy the Family? Evidence from OECD Member Countries (2013) Downloads
Working Paper: Does the Welfare State Destroy the Family? Evidence from OECD Member Countries (2013) Downloads
Working Paper: Does the Welfare State Destroy the Family? Evidence from OECD Member Countries (2013) 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:wiw:wiwwuw:wuwp150

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Department of Economics Working Papers from Vienna University of Economics and Business, Department of Economics Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Department of Economics ().

 
Page updated 2019-11-15
Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwwuw:wuwp150