Household finances, income shocks and family separation in Britain

Bridges, Sarah and Disney, Richard (2016) Household finances, income shocks and family separation in Britain. Economic Inquiry, 54 (1). pp. 698-718. ISSN 1465-7295

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Abstract

We examine the effect of household financial indebtedness on the incidence of partnership dissolution using a large survey of families with children in Britain. We use detailed data on household finances to provide a robust statistical analysis of the relationship between indebtedness and partnership dissolution and to avoid the potential simultaneity of financial and psychological health responses that arise when using self-reported data on the extent of household ‘financial problems’. We examine whether the data provides any support for the ‘economic’ models of divorce and separation developed by Gary Becker and his colleagues.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography > HB0848 Demography. Population. Vital events
Depositing User: Richard Disney
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 10:53
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 05:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59528

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