The Effects of Divorce Laws on Labor Supply: A Reconsideration and New Results

Economics Bulletin, 2018

28 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2018 Last revised: 4 Dec 2018

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Yuqing Zhou

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Anderson School of Management, Students

Date Written: September 21, 2018

Abstract

In this paper, I revisit the effects of unilateral divorce laws on female labor supply. I use a variety of models to check the robustness of the results and find that the estimated effects on female labor supply are remarkably robust. The estimates I mainly use in this paper suggest that unilateral divorce laws increase female labor force participation rates by roughly 4-5 percentage points, and that these effects strengthen over time. There are also strong, long-term effects on the weeks and hours of work and on participation in full-time work. In addition, this paper compares the dynamic participation responses of married mothers versus married nonmothers, high education versus low education women, young versus old women and white versus black women.

JEL Classification: J2; K1

Suggested Citation

Zhou, Yuqing, The Effects of Divorce Laws on Labor Supply: A Reconsideration and New Results (September 21, 2018). Economics Bulletin, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3256095

Yuqing Zhou (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Anderson School of Management, Students ( email )

Los Angeles, CA
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.yuqingzhou.com/

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