David Ribar is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Much of his research focuses on issues associated with poverty. He is a co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal, member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Population Economics and the Review of Economics of the Household, and a member of the European Society for Population Economics council. He received the 2002 Kuznets Prize from the Journal of Population Economics for his article on the consequences of young women's childbearing. He was previously a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The George Washington University, and Penn State University and has served as a research fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau and as a research analyst at the U.S. Administration for Children and Families.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2003.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11046

Evidence from the U.S. that couples with daughters are more likely to divorce than couples with sons has not been found for other Western countries. Using 1995–2015 Dutch marriage registry data, we show that daughters are associated with higher divorce risks, but only when they are 13 to 18 years...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10653

This paper analyzes the bilateral relationship between depressive symptoms and employment status. We find that severe depressive symptoms are partially a consequence of economic inactivity. The incidence of depressive symptoms is higher if individuals have been out of a job for an extended period. Men's mental health falls as they...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10614
Guy Johnson, David C. Ribar, Anna Zhu
forthcoming in: Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women

This paper reviews international evidence regarding women's homelessness. It discusses different definitions of homelessness and how women are frequently part of the "hidden homeless" population and less a part of the unsheltered homeless population. It also considers the data that are used to enumerate and study homeless people. The structural,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10268

Characteristics of couples on or about their wedding day and characteristics of weddings have been shown to predict marital outcomes. Little is known, however, about how the dates of the weddings predict marriage durability. Using Dutch marriage and divorce registries from 1999-2013, this study compares the durations of marriages that...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9452

Violence and housing insecurity are horrible events that may be intertwined, with violence possibly forcing victims to abandon their accommodations and housing insecurity depriving people of the safety of a home or placing them in compromised circumstances. This study uses national, prospective, longitudinal data from the Journeys Home Survey to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7290
published in: Southern Economic Journal 2015, 81(3), 598-618

Nest-leaving – the transition of young adults from their parents' homes to other living arrangements – is a major life-course milestone. Although the causes of nest-leaving have been extensively researched, only a few studies have examined the changes in young adults' own assessments of their well-being that immediately precede and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6931
published in: Amelie Constant and Klaus Zimmermann (eds), International Handbook of the Economics of Migration, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013, pp. 373-92

This paper discusses research questions related to immigrants' time use, reviews conceptual and methodological approaches to examining time allocations, and reviews evidence from previous studies. It provides new descriptive evidence, using time-diary data from the American Time Use Survey. Although results vary with the country of origin, immigrant men in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5482
published in: B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Topics in Economic Analysis and Policy 11(3), 2011, Article 8, 2011, 1-27

We use longitudinal data from the 1984 through 2007 waves of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to examine how occupational status is related to the health transitions of 30 to 59 year-old U.S. males. A recent history of blue-collar employment predicts a substantial increase in the probability of transitioning...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4618
Published as “Financial Stress, Family Conflict, and Australian Youths’ Transitions from Home and School” in Review of Economics of the Household, Vol. 11(4), December (2012), pp. 469 – 490.

We analyze the effect of mothers' and youths' reports of family financial stress and conflict on youths' transitions into adult roles. We find that mothers’ reports of financial stresses and borrowing constraints are associated with earlier transitions to inactivity and public assistance, while youth reports of financial stresses are associated...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4374
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2011, 33, 1-44

We investigate how household disadvantage affects the time use of 15-18 year-olds using 2003-2006 data from the American Time Use Survey. Applying competing-risk hazard models, we distinguish between the incidence and duration of activities and incorporate the daily time constraint. We find that teens living in disadvantaged households spend less...