In Sickness an in Health? Health Shocks and Relationship Breakdown: Empirical Evidence from Germany

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Bünnings C, Hafner L, Reif S, Tauchmann H
Herausgeber: FAU Discussion Papers in Economics
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2019
Heftnummer: No. 03-2019
ISSN: 1867-6707
Sprache: Englisch


Abstract

From an economic perspective, marriage and long-term partnership can be seen as a risk-pooling device. This informal insurance contract is, however, not fully enforceable. Each partner is free to leave when his or her support is needed in case of an adverse life event. An adverse health shock is a prominent example for such events. Since relationship breakdown itself is an extremely stressful experience, partnership may backfire as informal insurance against health risks, if health shocks increase the likelihood of relationship breakdown. We address this question empirically, using survey data from Germany. Results from various matching estimators indicate that adverse shocks to mental health substantially increase the probability of a couple splitting up over the following two years. In contrast, there is little effect of a sharp decrease in physical health on relationship stability. If at all, physical health shocks that hit both partners simultaneously stabilize a relationship.


FAU-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

Hafner, Lucas Dr.
Professur für Gesundheitsökonomie
Reif, Simon Dr.
Professur für Gesundheitsökonomie
Tauchmann, Harald Prof. Dr.
Professur für Gesundheitsökonomie


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Forschungsschwerpunkt einer Fakultät: Fachbereich Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften


Zitierweisen

APA:
Bünnings, C., Hafner, L., Reif, S., & Tauchmann, H. (2019). In Sickness an in Health? Health Shocks and Relationship Breakdown: Empirical Evidence from Germany.

MLA:
Bünnings, Christian, et al. In Sickness an in Health? Health Shocks and Relationship Breakdown: Empirical Evidence from Germany. 2019.

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