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Title: “Bad Jobs” for Marriage: Job Quality and the Risk of Divorce
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1. Lim, So-Jung
“Bad Jobs” for Marriage: Job Quality and the Risk of Divorce
Presented: Boston MA, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, May 2014
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Population Association of America
Keyword(s): Benefits; Divorce; Insurance, Health; Marital Dissolution; Marital Stability; Modeling, Hazard/Event History/Survival/Duration; Part-Time Work; Work Hours

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Using National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, this study examines the relationship between job quality and marital dissolution. Built upon the growing body of literature on “bad jobs” and labor market changes, I incorporate several indicators of job quality, including the provision of health and pension benefits, nonstandard work schedules, and part-time employment. Results from discrete-time hazard models show that the characteristics and quality of employment is not associated with marital instability for men once education and income are controlled for. On the contrary, non-employed women have lower risk of divorce than employed women and if women are working in jobs without health insurance and receive health insurance coverage from husbands’ employment, the likelihood of divorce significantly decreases. These results imply that reliance on a husband’s health insurance may signal important economic benefits from marriage, which have stabilizing effects on marriage.
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Lim, So-Jung. "“Bad Jobs” for Marriage: Job Quality and the Risk of Divorce." Presented: Boston MA, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, May 2014.