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ISER Working Paper Series 2008-23

Women's economic gains from employment, marriage and cohabitation


Publication date

10 Jul 2008


U.S. public policy promotes both marriage and labor market participation as strategies for
improving the economic welfare of low-income women and their children. Here I compare women’s economic gains from marriage, cohabitation and employment. Using data from the NLSY79, I estimate a fixed-effects model of household income (adjusted for household composition). I find that among “poor” women (those who ever received welfare), the log household income of single, nonemployed women
would increase by 0.80 if they enter a cohabiting union, 1.04 if they marry, 0.76 if they work part-time (1000 hours/year), and 1.16 if they work full-time (2000 hours/year).


Labour Market and Family Formation And Dissolution


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