Document Type

Working Paper

Date

Summer 6-2016

Keywords

Marriage selection, marriage formation, marriage dissolution, disability, dynamic effect

Language

English

Disciplines

Family, Life Course, and Society | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Psychology and Interaction

Description/Abstract

This study examines the dynamic effect of disability on marriage. Data on disability and marriage come from the New Beneficiary Survey, designed to characterize new beneficiaries of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program. Using an event-study model, the study finds that disability onset decreased marriage among beneficiaries, but only at younger ages. The study further examines whether the effect of disability on marriage is due to formation, dissolution, or both, and whether the effect varies by educational attainment and subsequent mortality. The results highlight the importance of marriage selection in the oft-cited relationship between marriage and better health.

ISSN

1525-3066

Additional Information

Working paper no. 190

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