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Title: Single motherhood in East and West Germany: wwat can explain the differences?
Authors: Jirjahn, Uwe
Struewing, Cornelia
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES)
Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC
Bibliographic citation: Jirjahn Uwe, Struewing Cornelia (2018), Single motherhood in East and West Germany: what can explain the differences?. In: The European journal of comparative economics, vol. 15, n. 2, 2018, p. 197-229. E-ISSN 1824-2979. DOI 10.25428/1824-2979/201802-197-229.
Abstract: The share of single mothers is higher in East Germany than in West Germany. Using data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), we examine two transmission channels leading to single motherhood, namely out-of-partnership births and separations of couples with minor children. Women in East Germany have both a higher probability of out-of-partnership birth and a higher probability of separation. We find no evidence that availability of child care plays a role in the differences between East and West Germany. The differences in single motherhood appear to be rather driven by different gender role models and partially also by economic circumstances.
Journal/Book: The European journal of comparative economics
Appears in Collections:EJCE

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