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Teenage daughters as a risk factor for divorce

Sullen exchanges, inexplicable silences and broken curfews can be part of life for parents of teenagers, but could this period be also a stress-test for parents’ marriages? A new IZA Discussion Paper finds that parents of teenage daughters are more likely … Continue reading

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How personality is affected by birth order and birth spacing

The family environment is among the most important factors in the development of a child’s personality. It is evident that parental strategies and the amount of time and resources that parents are able to put towards their children would have … Continue reading

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What a difference a day makes: Marriages with special wedding dates more likely to fail

Family stability is a prerequisite for a number of social outcomes that policy makers care about, not the least being child well-being and inequality. Still, the underlying factors influencing marital stability are not well understood. In their new discussion paper, … Continue reading

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How the world’s largest social pension reform is transforming family old-age care

By Xi Chen (Yale University and IZA) Social pensions are designed to provide the elderly population, especially those with low lifetime incomes, basic protection against poverty in old age. In 2009 China introduced a government subsidized social pension system called … Continue reading

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Early-life medical interventions benefit siblings of treated children

When newborns with a too low birth weight are treated,  even their non-affected siblings benefit. This is the conclusion of a recent IZA Discussion Paper authored by N. Meltem Daysal, Sanni Breining, Marianne Simonsen, and Mircea Trandafir, using data from … Continue reading

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The last will: Unequal division between children is more common than you think

There are many reasons why parents may consider distributing their inheritance unevenly among their children. One of them might have a much higher income, or a larger family. Or perhaps the daughter took care of the ill parents while the … Continue reading

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When parents divorce, children’s personality development suffers

Disruptions in family structure are suspected to impede the development of children’s personality, with far-reaching consequences for school performance and labor market success. An IZA paper by Tyas Prevoo and Bas ter Weel adds to the empirical evidence by investigating … Continue reading

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