Til Recession Do Us Part: Booms, Busts, and Divorce in the United States
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Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Applied Economics Letters
A general hypothesis regarding the impact of permanent income levels and business cycle fluctuations on divorce rate at the state level in the United States is analysed in this article. Based on the data for 45 states over the sample period of 1978–2009, it is shown that the higher the level of transitory income, the higher the incidence of divorce. In other words, divorce is pro-cyclical.