LISER Research Seminar Series: More or less unmarried. The impact of legal settings of cohabitation on labor market outcomes

As part of its Research Seminar Series (RSS), the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) is hosting a research seminar on ‘More or less unmarried. The impact of legal settings of cohabitation on labor market outcomes’ on Tuesday, 8 October 2019.

This series is supported by the FNR’s RESCOM programme.

Date, time & location

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

11:00 – 12:30

LISER Conference room, 1st floor Maison des Sciences Humaines (MSH), 11 Porte des Sciences, Campus Belval

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Abstract

We evaluate the impact of legal settings of unmarried cohabitation on labor market outcomes for men and women. In Canada, cohabiting couples are automatically entitled to certain rights after a few years of cohabitation. In some provinces, ex-cohabiting partners can claim for alimony upon separation, in others they are granted similar rights and responsibilities as married couples. Using cross-province variations in legal settings and minimum duration for eligibility, we show that unmarried cohabiting women decrease their labor force supply and earnings when becoming eligible to a more protective cohabitation regime. By contrast, we nd that men increase their labor force supply and earnings when becoming eligible to a marriage-like regime of cohabitation. Our results contribute to the ongoing public debate regarding the legal recognition and level of protection that should be given to unmarried cohabiting partners.

(Co-authored by Marion Goussé and Marion Leturcq)

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