by Uwe Jirjahn ; Cornelia Struewing
Start page: 197 - End page: 229
Keywords: Out-of-partnership birth, separation of couples, cohabitation, child care, unemployment, gender role models, transition economy
Jel code: J12; J13; P20
The share of single mothers is higher in East Germany than in West Germany. Using data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), we examine two transmission channels leading to single motherhood, namely out-of-partnership births and separations of couples with minor children. Women in East Germany have both a higher probability of out-of-partnership birth and a higher probability of separation. We find no evidence that availability of child care plays a role in the differences between East and West Germany. The differences in single motherhood appear to be rather driven by different gender role models and partially also by economic circumstances.