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.

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Working Paper


Summer 6-2016


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




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



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Working paper no. 190

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