Cash-For-Care, Couple Economic Circumstances and Marriage in Norway

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This study considers how couple economic dependency affects marital behavior. In 1998, the Norwegian government introduced a Cash-for-Care benefit scheme to reimburse parents for the cost of private care or providing childcare in the home. The program disproportionally encouraged home-based care, thereby incentivizing increased dependency and potentially making marriage more desirable. Analyses of program participation, union status and union dynamics using Norwegian population registers demonstrate that more formalized unions are associated with higher rates of long-term program participation. Benefit receipt is also associated with an increased pace of marriage among cohabiting parents. This pace differential mirrors an increased pace of childbearing among long-term Cash-for-Care beneficiaries, suggesting that marriage may be a marker of particular stages in the family life-course rather than an institution of economic security among unmarried Norwegian parents.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationStockholm, SE
PublisherStockholms Universitet
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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SeriesStockholm University Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE) Working Paper Series

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