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More or less unmarried. The impact of legal settings of cohabitation on labor market outcomes (joint with Marion Goussé (University Laval)) (AME)

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 11.00AM to 12.00pm

Speaker(s): Marion Leturcq, INED

Host: Khushboo Surana

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 find 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.

Location: Zoom link to follow

Email: khushboo.surana@york.ac.uk