Do Divorce Law Reforms Matter for Divorce Rates? Evidence from Portugal

23 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2005

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Clarisse Coelho

New University of Lisbon - Faculdade de Economia

Nuno Garoupa

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Date Written: August 2004

Abstract

In this paper, we study the contribution of divorce law reforms for the evolution of divorce rates in Portugal over the last forty years. We focus on the reforms of divorce law in the 70s and in the 90s as well as socioeconomic factors as determinants of the divorce rate. We find that the introduction of a modern divorce law in the 70s had a significant effect on the divorce rate, but not the changes of the 90s that effectively implemented a generalized no-fault regime. Our observations suggest that the reforms in the 1990s were more the response of the legislator to growing divorce rates rather than the cause.

Keywords: Marriage, Divorce, Time-Series, Law Reform

JEL Classification: C2, D1, K1

Suggested Citation

Rosado Coelho, Clarisse and Garoupa, Nuno, Do Divorce Law Reforms Matter for Divorce Rates? Evidence from Portugal (August 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=640501 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.640501

Clarisse Rosado Coelho

New University of Lisbon - Faculdade de Economia ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisboa, 1099-032
Portugal
351-213801600 (Phone)
351-213870933 (Fax)

Nuno Garoupa (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

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