Does Mobile Phone Penetration Affect Divorce Rate? Evidence from China

Zhang, Jiaping; Cheng, Mingwang; Wei, Xinyu; Gong, Xiaomei

Angol nyelvű Tudományos Szakcikk (Folyóiratcikk)
Megjelent: SUSTAINABILITY 2071-1050 10 (10) Paper: 3701 , 19 p. 2018
  • IV. Agrártudományok Osztálya: A
  • SJR Scopus - Geography, Planning and Development: Q2
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    Marital happiness is an important symbol of social harmony and can help promote sustainable economic and social development. In recent years, the rapid rise of the divorce rate in China, a country where the divorce rate had previously been low, has attracted wide attention. However, few articles have focused on the popularization of information and communication technology's impact on China's rising divorce rate in recent years. As a first attempt, the provincial panel data during the period 2001-2016 is applied to study quantitatively the relationship between mobile phone penetration and the divorce rate. In order to get more reliable estimation results, this paper uses two indicators to measure the divorce rate, and quantile regression is applied for further analysis. Additionally, one-year to five-year lag times of the mobile phone penetration are used as the core explanatory variables in order to analyse the lagging effect of mobile phone penetration on divorce rate. The result shows that the correlation between the mobile phone penetration and the divorce rate was statistically positive significant in China during the period 2001-2016. Furthermore, the paper also finds that mobile phone penetration had the greatest impact on divorce rate in central China, followed by eastern China, but it was not obvious in western China during this period. From a technological perspective, this paper provides some possible explanations for the rising divorce rate in China in recent years, and further enriches the relevant research on the impact of the development of information and communication technology on societal changes.
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