An Economic Analysis of Marital Instability

  title={An Economic Analysis of Marital Instability},
  author={Gary Stanley Becker and Elisabeth M. Landes and Robert T. Michael},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  pages={1141 - 1187}
This paper focuses on the causes of marital instability. Section I develops a theoretical analysis of marital dissolution, incorporating uncertainty about outcomes of marital decisions into a framework of utility maximization and the marriage market. Section II explores implications of the theoretical analysis with cross-sectional data, primarily the 1967 Survey of Economic Opportunity and the Terman sample. The relevance of both the theoretical and empirical analyses in explaining the recent… 
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