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Female Income and the Divorce Decision: Empirical Evidence from Russia

Author(s): Salim Turdaliev BSc M.A.,
Type: Article in collection
Year: 2015
Number: 0
ISSN / ISBN: ISBN 978-9943-4271-9-8
Published in: Institute for Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research
Publishing place: Tashkent
Keywords: divorce, marital instability, female income, transition economy.
JEL codes: J13, J22.
Suggested Citation: Turdaliev, S. (2015). Female Income and the Divorce Decision: Empirical Evidence from Russia. Proceedings of “The 4th Forum of Young Scientists and Economists: Institutional environment and human capital as factors of competitiveness of the national economy", Tashkent.
Abstract: This study estimates the determinants of divorce in Russian Federation. Particularly, I concentrate on the ability of the female to generate income. It is possible to observe the income of the married female. It is also possible to observe the income of the divorced female. However, the difficulty with quantifying the impact of the female’s income on probability of divorce is that it is not possible to simultaneously observe both outcomes for an individual female. In this paper, I attempt to resolve this problem by using sample selection procedure proposed by Kesselring and Bremmer (2006). This study estimates the similar statistical model using the 20th-wave of the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS). The obtained results indicate that the probability of divorce in Russia is mainly insensitive to the potential income of the wife that she could have been earning while being in divorce. However, as female’s income becomes a larger share of the total household income the probability of divorce increases.

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