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Making big decisions: the impact of moves on marriage among U.S. army personnel / Susan Payne Carter (U.S. Military Academy, West Point), Abigail Wozniak (University of Notre Dame, NBER and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserCarter, Susan Payne In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Wozniak, Abigail K. In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, January 2018
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11308
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-148581 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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We use exogenously determined, long-distance relocations of U.S. Army soldiers to investigate the impact of moving on marriage. We find that marriage rates increase sharply around the time of a move in an event study analysis. Reduced form exposure analysis reveals that an additional move over a five year period increases the likelihood of marriage by 14 percent. Moves increase childbearing by a similar magnitude, suggesting that marriages induced by a move are formed with long-term intentions. These findings are consistent with a model where the marriage decision is costly and relocation lowers the costs to making this decision. Our results have implications for understanding how people make major life decisions such as marriage, as well as the cost of migration.