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The phase-out of the nuclear family?: empirical studies on the economics and structure of modern Swedish families
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics.
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis consists of three papers on the economics and structure of Swedish families.

Paper [I] examines the determinants of children’s educational achievement in Sweden. Special attention is given to the labour market work by mothers and fa-thers in terms of its influence on the educational outcome of their children, measured as grade point average (GPA) in compulsory as well as upper secon-dary school. The results show that there is a positive relationship between paren-tal income and GPA. Regarding the number of hours worked in the labour mar-ket, the results differ between mothers and fathers. Having a mother that works less than full time has positive effects on the child’s grades throughout the schooling of the child, whereas significant effects of the hours of work that the father puts in are found during upper secondary school only.

Paper [II] explores the role of financial surprises and match quality in the disso-lution of relationships. The analysis is carried out both for surprises in the short term earnings and surprises in the long-run earnings capacity. It is found that positive surprises in short term earnings have a destabilizing effect for a rela-tionship. Generally, a negative surprise in long-run earnings capacity for males has a destabilizing effect. However, if it is combined with a female positive sur-prise, the effect is stabilizing. Commitments become more stable the older the spouses are at the start, and if young children are present.

Paper [III] studies the role of unemployment in the dissolution of relationships by applying a two-step estimation method to an extensive data set, which con-tains information about young Swedish males and females. Unemployment is recognized as endogenous in the separation decision, and the results show that the effect of unemployment on separation is biased when unemployment is as-sumed to be exogenous in the separation equation. The probability of separation is found to be increasing with male unemployment, while female unemployment decreases the probability of dissolution.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Nationalekonomi , 2007. , 101 p.
Series
Umeå economic studies, ISSN 0348-1018 ; 708
Keyword [en]
Time allocation; labour-force participation; educational achievements; match quality; financial surprises; unemployment; divorce; family structure
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1126ISBN: 978-91-7264-322-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-1126DiVA: diva2:140282
Public defence
2007-05-25, Hörsal F, Humanisthuset, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:15
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Supervisors
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Children’s school achievement and parental work: an analysis for sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Children’s school achievement and parental work: an analysis for sweden
2008 (English)In: Education Economics, ISSN 0964-5292, E-ISSN 1469-5782, Vol. 16, no 1, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Data from Statistics Sweden on 70 000 students entering upper secondary school in 1994 are used along with socioeconomic characteristics from the 1990 census to explore the relationship between market work by parents in Sweden and their children's educational achievement, measured as the Grade Point Average. The results show that there is a positive relationship between parental income and Grade Point Average. Regarding the number of hours worked in the labour market, the results differ between mothers and fathers. Having a mother that works less than full time has positive effects on the child's grades throughout the schooling of the child, whereas significant effects of the hours of work that the father puts in are found during upper secondary school only.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Carfax, 2008
Keyword
time allocation, labour force participation, educational achievements
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-2327 (URN)10.1080/09645290701273525 (DOI)
External cooperation:
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09 Last updated: 2016-08-26Bibliographically approved
2. Match Quality, Financial Surprises and the Dissolution of Commitments among Young Adults in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Match Quality, Financial Surprises and the Dissolution of Commitments among Young Adults in Sweden
Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-2328 (URN)
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09Bibliographically approved
3. The Role of Unemployment in the Commitment Dissolution Decision among Young Swedes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Role of Unemployment in the Commitment Dissolution Decision among Young Swedes
Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-2329 (URN)
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09Bibliographically approved

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