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Does Child Gender Affect Marital Status? Evidence from Australia

Leigh, Andrew


Pooling microdata from five Australian censuses, I explore the relationship between child gender and parents' marital status. By contrast with the USA, I find no evidence that the gender of the first child has a significant impact on the decision to marry or divorce. However, among two-child families, parents with two children of the same sex are 1.7 percentage points less likely to be married than parents with a boy and a girl. This finding is unlikely to be consistent with theories of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Population Economics
DOI: 10.1007/s00148-007-0168-1


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