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Searching on campus: Marriage market effects of the student gender composition

The growing success of online dating platforms seems to indicate that finding your partner in the “real” world becomes harder. But still, there are such offline opportunities: At universities, for example, people with lined-up interests as well as similar age … Continue reading

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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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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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Reducing early marriage to boost female labor market participation in Senegal

Senegal is a country with large gender disparities in education and career opportunities. Early marriage and low age at first birth greatly impede women’s career prospects. A study by Francesca Marchetta and David E. Sahn, conducted under the GLM-LIC program … Continue reading

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Living with a stranger: The “Retired Husband Syndrome” in Japan

Retirement is not just a major turning point in the life of a working man, but it often affects his entire family – and not in a good way. Many wives suffer from headaches, sleeplessness and other symptoms of anxiety or … Continue reading

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Some children stabilize marriage, others don’t

From an economic perspective, children can be seen as an investment of the parents to increase the value of the marriage. In turn, children make a divorce more costly. A new IZA discussion paper by Héctor Bellido, José Alberto Molina, … Continue reading

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Higher bride prices reduce fertility – evidence from Senegal

The bride price payment is a key element of the marriage contract in many sub-Saharan African countries, and particularly in Senegal. Contrary to a dowry payment, where the bride and her family give the marriage payment to the groom and … Continue reading

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