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The marriage unemployment gap

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Original languageEnglish
Article number20160060
Number of pages14
JournalB.E. Journal of Macroeconomics
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jun 2017
DateAccepted/In press - 6 Nov 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jun 2017
DatePublished (current) - 26 Jan 2018


In this paper we document that married individuals face a lower unemployment rate than their single counterparts. We refer to this phenomenon as the marriage unemployment gap. Despite dramatic demographic changes in the labor market over the last decades, this gap has been remarkably stable both for men and women. Using a flow-decomposition exercise, we assess which transition probabilities (across labor force states) are behind this phenomenon: For men, the main driver is the higher job losing probabilities faced by single workers. For females, the participation margin also plays a crucial role.

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  • households, marriage, unemployment, worker flows

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  • ECON Macroeconomics

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