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Does Culture Affect Divorce Decisions? Evidence from European Immigrants in the US

Furtado, Delia; Marcén, Miriam; Sevilla-Sanz, Almudena;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2011
Abstract
This paper explores the role of culture in determining divorce decisions by examining differences in divorce rates by country of origin of immigrants in the United States. Because immigrants who arrived in the US at a young age are all exposed to a common set of American laws and institutions, we interpret cross-ancestry differences in divorce rates as evidence of the effect of culture. The quantitatively significant estimated effects of culture are robust to controlling for a large number of home country variables such as average church attendance and GDP. Supplemental analyses indicate that divorce culture has a stronger impact on the divorce decisions of fema...
Subjects
free text keywords: immigrants, culture, divorce, J12, Z13, J61, divorce, culture, immigrants, Einwanderung, Kultur, Scheidung, Europa, USA, Divorce, Culture, Immigrants, jel:J12, jel:Z13, jel:J61, ddc:330
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Bahr, Howard M., and Bruce A. Chadwick (1985). “Religion and Family in Middletown, USA.” Journal of Marriage and the Family, 47(2), 407-414.

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Bisin, Alberto and Thierry Verdier (2000). “Beyond the Melting Pot: Cultural Transmission, Marriage, and the Evolution of Ethnic and Religious Traits.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 115(3), 955-988. [OpenAIRE]

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Borjas, George J. (2005). “The Labor-Market Impact of High-Skill Immigration.” The American Economic Review, 95(2), 56-60.

Breault, Kevin D., and Augustine J. Kposowa (1987). “Explaining Divorce in the United States: A Study of 3,111 Counties in 1980.” Journal of Marriage and the Family, 49(3), 549-558.

Guiso, Luigi, Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales (2006). “Does Culture Affect Economic Outcomes?” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 20(2), 23-48.

Heaton, Tim B., and Ashley M. Blake (1999). “Gender Differences in Determinants of Marital Disruption.” Journal of Family Issues, 20(1), 25-45.

Heim, Bradley T. (2003). Does Child Support Enforcement Reduce Divorce Rates? A Reexamination.” Journal of Human Resources, 38 (4) 773-791.

41 references, page 1 of 3
Abstract
This paper explores the role of culture in determining divorce decisions by examining differences in divorce rates by country of origin of immigrants in the United States. Because immigrants who arrived in the US at a young age are all exposed to a common set of American laws and institutions, we interpret cross-ancestry differences in divorce rates as evidence of the effect of culture. The quantitatively significant estimated effects of culture are robust to controlling for a large number of home country variables such as average church attendance and GDP. Supplemental analyses indicate that divorce culture has a stronger impact on the divorce decisions of fema...
Subjects
free text keywords: immigrants, culture, divorce, J12, Z13, J61, divorce, culture, immigrants, Einwanderung, Kultur, Scheidung, Europa, USA, Divorce, Culture, Immigrants, jel:J12, jel:Z13, jel:J61, ddc:330
41 references, page 1 of 3

Akerlof, George A., and Rachel E. Kranton (2000). “Economics and Identity.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 115(3), 715-753.

Allen, Douglas W. (1998). “No-Fault Divorce in Canada: Its Cause and Effect.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 37(2), 129-149.

Amato, Paul R. (1996). “Explaining the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce.” Journal of Marriage and the Family, 58(3), 628-640.

Antecol, Heather (2000). “An Examination of Cross-Country Differences in the Gender Gap in Labor Force Participation rates.” Labour Economics, 7(4), 409-426.

Bahr, Howard M., and Bruce A. Chadwick (1985). “Religion and Family in Middletown, USA.” Journal of Marriage and the Family, 47(2), 407-414.

Becker, Gary S., Elisabeth M. Landes, and Robert T. Michael (1977). “An Economic Analysis of Marital Instability.” Journal of Political Economy, 85(6), 1141-1187. [OpenAIRE]

Bertrand, Marrianne, Erzo F. P. Luttmer and Sendhil Mullainathan (2000). “Network Effects and Welfare Culutres.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 115(3), 1019-1055.

Bisin, Alberto, Giorgio Topa and Thierry Verdier (2004). "Religious Intermarriage and Socialization in the United States." Journal of Political Economy, 112(3), 615-664. [OpenAIRE]

Bisin, Alberto and Thierry Verdier (2000). “Beyond the Melting Pot: Cultural Transmission, Marriage, and the Evolution of Ethnic and Religious Traits.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 115(3), 955-988. [OpenAIRE]

Boheim, Rene and John Ermisch (2001). “Partnership Dissolution in the UK: the Role of Economic Circumstances.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 63(2), 197-208.

Borjas, George J. (2005). “The Labor-Market Impact of High-Skill Immigration.” The American Economic Review, 95(2), 56-60.

Breault, Kevin D., and Augustine J. Kposowa (1987). “Explaining Divorce in the United States: A Study of 3,111 Counties in 1980.” Journal of Marriage and the Family, 49(3), 549-558.

Guiso, Luigi, Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales (2006). “Does Culture Affect Economic Outcomes?” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 20(2), 23-48.

Heaton, Tim B., and Ashley M. Blake (1999). “Gender Differences in Determinants of Marital Disruption.” Journal of Family Issues, 20(1), 25-45.

Heim, Bradley T. (2003). Does Child Support Enforcement Reduce Divorce Rates? A Reexamination.” Journal of Human Resources, 38 (4) 773-791.

41 references, page 1 of 3
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