Mircea Ştefan Trandafir

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This study examines the effect of work-limiting disabilities on the likelihood of divorce. Theoretically, the effect depends on the disability hazard at the time of onset and the impact of disability on marital value. The theory therefore implies, based on a set of empirically supported premises, that the effect of disability on divorce should decrease with(More)
Saving Lives at Birth: The Impact of Home Births on Infant Outcomes Many developed countries have recently experienced sharp increases in home birth rates. This paper investigates the impact of home births on the health of low-risk newborns using data from the Netherlands, the only developed country where home births are widespread. To account for(More)
It has long been argued that the legalization of same-sex marriage would have a negative impact on marriage. In this article, I examine how different-sex marriage in the Netherlands was affected by the enactment of two laws: a 1998 law that provided all couples with an institution almost identical to marriage (a "registered partnership") and a 2001 law that(More)
With extensive countryand firm-level data sets we first document that the financial sectors of most sub-Saharan African countries remain significantly underdeveloped by the standards of other developing countries. We also find that population density appears to be considerably more important for banking sector development in Africa than elsewhere. To better(More)
Smallpox vaccination was the paramount medical innovation of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. We exploit the introduction of the smallpox vaccine in Sweden to identify the causal effect of early-life mortality on fertility. Our analysis shows that parishes in counties with higher levels of smallpox mortality prior to the introduction of vaccination(More)
It has long been argued that the legalization of same-sex marriage would have a negative impact on marriage. In this paper, I examine what happened to different-sex marriage in the Netherlands after the enactment of two laws: in 1998, a law that provided all couples with an institution almost identical to marriage—registered partnership—, and in 2001, a law(More)
Title of dissertation: THE EFFECT OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAWS ON DIFFERENT-SEX MARRIAGE: EVIDENCE FROM THE NETHERLANDS Mircea Ştefan Trandafir, Doctor of Philosophy, 2009 Dissertation directed by: Professor Judith K. Hellerstein Department of Economics It has long been argued that the legalization of same-sex marriage would have a negative impact on marriage.(More)
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