2021-16 "Survivors Benefits and Conjugal Behavior. Evidence from the Netherlands"
Simon Rabaté, Julie Tréguier
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- This paper investigates the impact of survivors insurance on marital behavior. We study the 1996 Dutch reform which considerably tightened eligibility rules to survivors' benefits. Exploiting a discontinuity in date of birth eligibility to survivors insurance and using a rich and exhaustive Dutch population administrative dataset, we carry out a regression discontinuity design and we find no evidence of the reform on divorce probability. Exploring possible explanations for our zero-effect result, we study how labor supply responses can compensate the income drop the reform induced. We find a strong increase in the labor force participation of widows after the reform. However this response does not completely offset the decrease in income generated form the cut in survivors benefits.
- H31, J12, I38, J22, J48
- Mot(s) clé(s)
- divorce, marriage dissolution, survivor benefits, labor supply, income effect, unearned income