Business Cycles and Divorce: Evidence from Microdata

Judith K. Hellerstein, Melinda Sandler Morrill, and Ben Zou, Economics Letters 118(1), 68-70, January .


We use individual-level data to show that divorce is pro-cyclical on average, a finding robust to the inclusion of a wide range of controls. Pro-cyclical divorce is concentrated among women who married young and/or do not have a college degree.

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