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NBER Working Papers by Ioana Marinescu

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February 2016Can Fixed-Term Contracts Put Low Skilled Youth on a Better Career Path? Evidence from Spain
with J. Ignacio García-Pérez, Judit Vall Castelló: w22048
By reducing the commitment made by employers, fixed-term contracts can help low-skilled youth find a first job. However, the long-term impact of fixed-term contracts on these workers’ careers may be negative. Using Spanish social security data, we analyze the impact of a large liberalization in the regulation of fixed-term contracts in 1984. Using a cohort regression discontinuity design, we find that the reform raised the likelihood of male high-school dropouts working before age 19 by 9%. However, in the longer run, the reform reduced number of days worked (by 4.5%) and earnings (by 9%).
November 2015Divorce: What Does Learning Have to Do with It?
w21761
Learning about marriage quality has been proposed as a key mechanism for explaining how the probability of divorce evolves with marriage duration, and why people often cohabit before getting married. I develop four theoretical models of divorce, three of which include learning. I use data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation to test reduced form implications of these models. The data is inconsistent with models including a substantial amount of learning. On the other hand, the data is consistent with a model without any learning, but where marriage quality changes over time.

Published: Ioana Marinescu, 2016. "Divorce: What does learning have to do with it?," Labour Economics, vol 38(), pages 90-105.

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