Symbolism Matters: The Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Legalization on Partnership Stability
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization , Volume 178 p. 44- 58
Registered partnership (RP) and marriage in the Netherlands are identical in terms of rights and obligations but may differ in symbolism. Exploiting same-sex marriage legalization (SSML) in the Netherlands as a policy shock, we investigate the effect of marital symbolism on partnership stability. Applying a mixed competing risks model to administrative micro-data, we disentangle selectivity into marriage from the effect of getting married. Our main finding is that partnerships that transformed into marriage had a substantially lower separation rate. We take this result as evidence of the symbolic effect of marriage stabilizing partnerships. We discuss economic mechanisms of marital symbolism related to marriage premiums.
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Chen, S., & van Ours, J.C. (2020). Symbolism Matters: The Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Legalization on Partnership Stability. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 178, 44–58. doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2020.07.021