Mothers, Fathers and Children after Divorce: The Role of Institutions

38 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2002

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Daniela Del Boca

University of Turin - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD)

Date Written: February 2002

Abstract

In recent years the increase in the divorce rate in many advanced countries and the predominance of female-headed families among the poor has generated much interest in the relationship between divorce and the welfare of mothers and children. In this paper I will review a small body of economic literature which has been recently developed in order to analyze the economic consequence of divorce on the welfare of fathers, mothers and children under alternative behavioral assumptions. Important economic and econometric issues arise from an analysis of welfare in non intact households as compared with intact households. In particular the focus is on the role that institutions play in post-divorce arrangements and important implications concerning policies for child support, custody, and visitation.

Keywords: Divorce, Intra-household Allocation, Children Welfare

JEL Classification: D10, K40

Suggested Citation

Del Boca, Daniela, Mothers, Fathers and Children after Divorce: The Role of Institutions (February 2002). IZA Discussion Paper No. 428. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=300644

Daniela Del Boca (Contact Author)

University of Turin - Department of Economics ( email )

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Torino, 10124
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD)

Turin, TO
Italy

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