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Does Culture Affect Divorce? Evidence From European Immigrants in the United States.
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PMID:  23322379     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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This article explores the role of culture in determining divorce by examining country-of-origin differences in divorce rates of immigrants in the United States. Because childhood-arriving immigrants are all exposed to a common set of U.S. laws and institutions, we interpret relationships between their divorce tendencies and home-country divorce rates as evidence of the effect of culture. Our results are robust to controlling for several home-country variables, including average church attendance and gross domestic product (GDP). Moreover, specifications with country-of-origin fixed effects suggest that immigrants from countries with low divorce rates are especially less likely to be divorced if they reside among a large number of coethnics. Supplemental analyses indicate that divorce culture has a stronger impact on the divorce decisions of females than of males, pointing to a potentially gendered nature of divorce taboos.
Authors:
Delia Furtado; Miriam Marcén; Almudena Sevilla
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Demography     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0070-3370     ISO Abbreviation:  Demography     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226703     Medline TA:  Demography     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Economics, University of Connecticut, 365 Fairfield Way, Unit 1063, Storrs, CT, 06269-1063, USA, Delia.Furtado@uconn.edu.
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