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Author: Calvo, Paula Andrea
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1. Calvo, Paula Andrea
Essays in Family Economics
Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Economics, Yale University, 2022
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)
Keyword(s): Child Development; Cohabitation; Family Formation; Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study; Human Capital; Legislation; Marriage

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In the first chapter of my dissertation, I examine how institutional differences between marriage and cohabitation in the U.S.---in dimensions such as child custody or property division laws---shape family formation decisions, and how this choice affects family well-being and child outcomes. As cohabitation and non-marital fertility are prevalent in the U.S., mainly among the less educated, policies that change the differences between cohabitation and marriage may have implications for inequality and child human capital.

Using rich household data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY-97) and the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, I first show that cohabiting couples, relative to married couples, have higher separation rates and on average worse cognitive outcomes among their children.

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Calvo, Paula Andrea. Essays in Family Economics. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Economics, Yale University, 2022.