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Does Child Gender Affect Marital Status?

Leigh, Andrew

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Pooling microdata from five Australian censuses, I explore the relationship between child gender and divorce. By contrast with the United States, 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. Surveys of parental attitudes suggest that this effect is more likely to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006-05
Type: Working/Technical Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/45248

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