What makes couples with daughters more likely to divorce than couples with sons? Using Dutch registry and U.S. survey data, we show that daughters are associated with higher divorce risks, but only when they are 13-18 years old. These age-specific results run counter to explanations involving overarching time-invariant son preferences and selection. We propose another explanation involving relationship dynamics in families with teenagers. In subsample analyses, child gender differences disappear for fathers who grew up with sisters and are larger for parents whose gender-role attitudes are likely to differ among themselves and from their daughters'. We also find survey evidence of relationship strains.

About the presenter’s visit

Dr Jan Kabatek will be visiting the School of Economics on 29 November 2019.  While here he will be using room 520A Colin Clark Building.  If you would like to meet with him or have lunch or dinner with him please contact Dr Rigissa Megalokonomou who will be his host while at The University of Queensland. Dr Megalokonomou can be contacted on r.megalokonomou@uq.edu.au.

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The University of Queensland
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