Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 215-229

First online:

Unemployment and marital dissolution

  • Peter JensenAffiliated withInstitute of Economics, University of Aarhus
  • , Nina SmithAffiliated withInstitute of Economics, University of Aarhus

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This paper analyses the effects of unemployment on the probability of marital dissolution. Based on panel data for a sample of Danish married couples, we estimate a dynamic model for the probability of marital dissolution where we take into account the possible effects of unemployment for both spouses. We also control for other factors such as education, age, presence of children, place of residence, health and economic factors. The empirical results show that unemployment seems to be an important factor behind marital instability. However, only unemployment of the husband has an effect, and this effect is immediate.