EBSLG

 

 
European Business Schools Librarian's Group
Home About Series Subject/JEL codes Advanced Search
Department of Economics, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) Working papers, Department of Economics, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)

No 150:
Does the Welfare State Destroy the Family? Evidence from OECD Member Countries

Martin Halla (), Mario Lackner () and Johann Scharler ()

Abstract: We study the effect of the size of the welfare state on family outcomes in OECD member countries. Exploiting exogenous variation in public social spending, due to varying degrees of political fractionalization (i.e. the number of relevant parties involved in the legislative process), we show that an expansion in the welfare state increases the fertility, marriage, and divorce rates with a quantitatively stronger effect on the marriage rate. We conclude that the welfare state supports family formation. Nevertheless, we also find that the welfare state decouples marriage and fertility, and therefore, alters the organization of the family.

Keywords: Marriage, divorce, fertility, welfare state, risk sharing; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J12,; J13,; J18,; D1,; D62,; H31,; H53; (follow links to similar papers)

February 2013

PDF Document

Before downloading any of the electronic versions below you should read our statement on copyright.
Download GhostScript for viewing Postscript files and the Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing pdf files.

Downloadable files:

wp150.pdf    PDF-file
Download Statistics


Report other problems with accessing this service to Sune Karlsson () or Helena Lundin ().

Programing by
Design Joakim Ekebom

Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwwuw:wuwp150 This page was generated on 2017-09-12 21:40:53