Do Economic Factors Determine the End of a Conjugal Relationship? An Econometric Investigation

Economia e Desenvolvimento, Recife, Vol. 7, 2008

23 Pages Posted: 31 May 2012

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Paulo Roberto Loureiro

Universidade de Brasília (UnB)

Mario Jorge Cardoso Mendonca

Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) - Directory of Macroeconomic Policy & Studies (DIMAC)

Tito Belchior Silva Moreira

Catholic University of Brasilia

Adolfo Sachsida

Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA); Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA)

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The article investigates the subject of the married union within the context of random choice by the agent. Herein are defined the states that an agent can assume in a relationship (single, cohabitation and married) in order to discover which factors can influence the change from one state to another (single to married, for example). Hence, we use a multinomial logit model as the form of estimating probability of choice of status. According to Becker (1976), the subject of marriage in modern society can be analyzed from the rational agent's standpoint that a market exists where the agent chooses a partner to maximize utility subject to restriction. The econometric results present interesting results, displaying a certain distinction between the men's and the women’s behavior, regarding status changes in the relationships. In relation to the economic factors, these were shown to be important for both sexes.

Keywords: Married union, Economic factors, Multinomial logit

JEL Classification: J12

Suggested Citation

Loureiro, Paulo Roberto and Cardoso Mendonca, Mario Jorge and Moreira, Tito Belchior Silva and Sachsida, Adolfo, Do Economic Factors Determine the End of a Conjugal Relationship? An Econometric Investigation (2008). Economia e Desenvolvimento, Recife, Vol. 7, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2070994

Paulo Roberto Loureiro

Universidade de Brasília (UnB) ( email )

Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro
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Catholic University of Brasilia ( email )

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