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

Böheim, René and Francesconi, Marco and Halla, Martin (2013) Does Custody Law Affect Family Behavior In and Out of Marriage? Department of Economics Working Paper Series, 149. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.


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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: Paper
Keywords: Divorce / Fertility / Bargaining / Intrahousehold Allocations / Austria / Österreich / Kindschaftsrecht-Änderungsgesetz 2001 / Auswirkung / Ehescheidung / Unterhalt / Frauenarbeit / Fertilität
Classification Codes: RVK QC 110, PU 2325.7860 ; JEL J12, J13, J18, K36, N32, R2
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft
Depositing User: Claudia Tering-Raunig
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2013 15:10
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2020 13:18


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