Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 455–475 | Cite as

The role of income in marriage and divorce transitions among young Americans

  • Simon BurgessEmail author
  • Carol Propper
  • Arnstein Aassve


The paper investigates the importance of income in young Americans’ decisions to form and dissolve households. Using data on young American men and women from the NLSY, an important role for income in both these transitions is found. There are significant differences between young men and women. High earnings capacity increases the probability of marriage and decreases the probability of divorce for young men. High earnings capacity decreases the probability of marriage for young women, and has no impact on divorce.

Key Words

Marriage divorce income effects 

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© Springer-Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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