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Does Custody Law Affect Family Behavior In and Out of Marriage?

B�heim, R and Francesconi, M and Halla, M (2012) Does Custody Law Affect Family Behavior In and Out of Marriage? UNSPECIFIED. University of Essex, Department of Economics, Economics Discussion Papers, Colchester.

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Abstract

We examine the effect of joint custody on marriage, divorce, fertility and female employment in Austria using individual-level administrative data, covering the entire population. We also use unique data obtained from court records to analyze the effect on post-divorce outcomes. Our estimates show that joint custody significantly reduces divorce and female employment rates, significantly increases marriage and marital birth rates, and leads to a substantial increase in the total money transfer received by mothers after divorce. We interpret these results as evidence against Becker-Coase bargains and in support of a mechanism driven by a resource redistribution that favors men giving them greater incentives to invest in marriage specific capital.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Divorce; Fertility; Bargaining; Intrahousehold Allocations; Austria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Users 161 not found.
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 11:19
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:53
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8972

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