The Effects of Divorce Laws on Labor Supply: A Reconsideration and New Results
Economics Bulletin, 2018
28 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2018 Last revised: 29 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 21, 2018
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
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