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Table 4 CLM and probability of being married, cohabiting and divorced; probit marginal effects

From: Common law marriage and couple formation

  Probability of being married among all respondents Probability of cohabiting among unmarried Probability of being divorced or separated among ever-married
  Women Men Women Men Women Men
  1 2 3 4 5 6
A. Full sample
CLM -0.016 -0.033 -0.016 -0.026 0.011 0.026
  [0.009]* [0.010]*** [0.009]* [0.007]*** [0.014] [0.018]
Year before repeal 0.004 0.001 0.035 0.044 -0.002 0.018
  [0.011] [0.015] [0.009]*** [0.008]*** [0.016] [0.034]
Year of the repeal -0.004 -0.043 0.023 0.006 -0.012 0.045
  [0.008] [0.011]*** [0.009]*** [0.006] [0.009] [0.019]**
One year after repeal -0.028 -0.033 -0.013 -0.016 -0.006 0.035
  [0.008]*** [0.007]*** [0.014] [0.013] [0.010] [0.015]**
Two years after repeal -0.048 -0.042 -0.011 -0.02 0.018 0.044
  [0.017]*** [0.010]*** [0.009] [0.007]*** [0.021] [0.029]
Three years after repeal 0.005 -0.014 0.015 0.006 -0.031 0
  [0.014] [0.015] [0.014] [0.014] [0.017]* [0.010]
Four years after repeal 0.018 0.002 0.003 -0.003 -0.052 -0.005
  [0.011]* [0.015] [0.010] [0.005] [0.012]*** [0.009]
Observations 321917 292376 190655 186020 161687 123368
B. Only three transition states
CLM -0.046 -0.058 0.02 0.024 0.078 0.069
  [0.018]*** [0.015]*** [0.013] [0.014]* [0.020]*** [0.028]**
Year before repeal 0.011 0.025 -0.014 0.014 0.006 -0.012
  [0.017] [0.016] [0.008]* [0.012] [0.013] [0.025]
Year of the repeal -0.044 -0.035 -0.013 0.018 0.057 0.05
  [0.015]*** [0.019]* [0.011] [0.015] [0.023]** [0.029]*
One year after repeal -0.085 -0.04 -0.017 0.016 0.099 0.044
  [0.015]*** [0.014]*** [0.009]* [0.014] [0.021]*** [0.029]
Two years after repeal -0.095 -0.028 -0.01 0.024 0.126 0.025
  [0.017]*** [0.016]* [0.009] [0.019] [0.024]*** [0.038]
Three years after repeal -0.03 -0.001 -0.01 0.022 0.029 -0.011
  [0.016]* [0.020] [0.012] [0.019] [0.020] [0.020]
Four years after repeal -0.004 0.019 -0.017 0.009 -0.003 0.009
  [0.014] [0.013] [0.008]** [0.010] [0.016] [0.017]
Observations 22176 19786 12662 12218 11465 8758
Other controls: demographics, state characteristics, year & state fixed effects Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
  1. *significant at 10%; **significant at 5%; ***significant at 1%.