I have a new paper out, looking at the relationship between the gender of your children and whether you’re married (8/10 parents are married, 1/10 have never been married, and 1/10 are divorced). If you think children do better when their parents are married, then you might be interested in the factors that determine whether or not parents are married.
Because the sex of your children is random, any correlation between child gender and marital status must be causal.* While several US studies have found that families with daughters areÂ less likely to be married, I don’t find any similar effect for Australia.
But that doesn’t mean that child gender has no impact in Australia. It turns out that in two-child families, parents are 1.7 percentage points more likely to be married if they have a boy and a girl than if they have two of a kind. Here’s the paper and the media release.
* The use of sex-selection technologies is trivially lowÂ in Australia (seeÂ footnote 9 if you’re interested in this issue).