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The marriage unemployment gap

The marriage unemployment gap
The marriage unemployment gap
In this paper we document that married individuals face a lower unemployment rate than their single counterparts. We refer to this phenomenon as the marriage unemployment gap. Despite dramatic demographic changes in the labor market over the last decades, this gap has been remarkably stable both for men and women. Using a flow-decomposition exercise, we assess which transition probabilities (across labor force states) are behind this phenomenon: For men, the main driver is the higher job losing probabilities faced by single workers. For females, the participation margin also plays a crucial role.
1935-1690
1-14
Choi, Sekyu
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Valladares-Esteban, Arnau
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Choi, Sekyu
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Valladares-Esteban, Arnau
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Choi, Sekyu and Valladares-Esteban, Arnau (2018) The marriage unemployment gap. B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, 18 (1), 1-14. (doi:10.1515/bejm-2016-0060).

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In this paper we document that married individuals face a lower unemployment rate than their single counterparts. We refer to this phenomenon as the marriage unemployment gap. Despite dramatic demographic changes in the labor market over the last decades, this gap has been remarkably stable both for men and women. Using a flow-decomposition exercise, we assess which transition probabilities (across labor force states) are behind this phenomenon: For men, the main driver is the higher job losing probabilities faced by single workers. For females, the participation margin also plays a crucial role.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 November 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 June 2017
Published date: January 2018
Organisations: Economics

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Local EPrints ID: 385566
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/385566
ISSN: 1935-1690
PURE UUID: 81d16a32-bc0a-4b01-989f-8e29dd28d3fe

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Date deposited: 15 Jan 2016 13:34
Last modified: 15 Feb 2018 17:34

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Author: Sekyu Choi
Author: Arnau Valladares-Esteban

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