The Economics of Non-Marital Childbearing and the Marriage Premium for Children
Kearney, Melissa and Phillip Levine , ( 9 )
Annual Review of Economics

A large literature exists on the impact of family structure on children’s outcomes, typically focusing on average effects. We build on this with an economic framework that has heterogeneous predictions regarding the potential benefit for children of married parents. We propose that the gains to marriage from a child’s perspective depend on a mother’s own level of resources, the additional net resources that her partner would bring, and the outcome-specific returns to resources.

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