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The determinants of the prevalence of single mothers: A cross-country analysis
González Luna, Libertad
Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
This paper examines the effect of public assistance, labor market and marriage marketconditions on the prevalence of single mother families across countries and over time. Amultinomial logit derived from a random utility approach is estimated using individualleveldata for 14 countries. I find evidence that increases in the level of public support are significantly and positively associated with a higher incidence of both never marriedand divorced mothers. The results also suggest that single mothers are more prevalentwhen female wages are lower. Higher male earnings and employment opportunities in awoman s marriage market appear to lead to fewer never married mothers, but more divorced mothers. Higher child support or alimony payments are associated with a higher prevalence of divorced mothers.
Labour, Public, Development and Health Economics
single mothers
welfare benefits
marriage markets
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