THE HIGH COST OF SPECIALIZATION: LABOR MARKET OUTCOMES FOLLOWING DIVORCE

This article studies labor market transitions following divorce. Using US data, we show that absence from the labor force during marriage is associated with a lower probability of employment following divorce. For women, the effect is large initially – a 14.5% decline in probability of finding a job after divorce for each year out of the labor force during marriage. The effect dissipates over time, but there is long-run persistence. For men, the effect of comparable absences from the labor force is smaller and transitory. The presence of children also lowers labor market participation of women following divorce.


Issue Date:
Jan 01 2014
Publication Type:
Journal Article
ISSN:
0973-1687
Language:
English
Published in:
Review of Applied Economics, Volume 10, Number 1-2
Page range:
1-19
JEL Codes:
D13; J22




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