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Divorce Law Reforms, Matrimonial Regimes and Family Behaviour

Andrew Shephard, University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
2:30-3:50 PM
201 Lorch Hall Map
We study how divorce laws affect household formation, dissolution, and behaviour in Mexico, where (i) couples are able to choose an asset division regime at the time of marriage; (ii) states experienced a staggered adoption of no-fault divorce; and (iii) cohabitation is prevalent. Using linked administrative data and an event study design we show that the shift to unilateral divorce affected couples' partnership choice by increasing cohabitation and the degree of assortative mating. While this shift did not have a significant impact on the choice of asset division regime, the increase in divorce rates were largest among those marriages choosing community property. The same reforms also led to an overall increase in women's leisure time. To rationalize these empirical patterns, we develop an equilibrium limited-commitment model of partnership formation, asset division regime choice, and household dissolution that allows couples to choose between cohabitation and marriage and for spouses to cease cooperation within marriage. We use our model to evaluate the life-time welfare value of divorce laws and asset division regime choice, and also consider the role of a homemaker compensation clause.

This talk is presented by the Labor Economics Seminar, sponsored in part by the Department of Economics with generous gifts given through the Abraham and Thelma Zwerdling Labor Economics Program.
Building: Lorch Hall
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Economics, Labor, seminar
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Economics, ISR-Zwerdling Seminar in Labor Economics, Department of Economics Seminars