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Improving Outcomes for Divorced Women

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  • Sheila Eastman
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    Laws of marriage and divorce framed to produce sex neutrality of rules have not resulted in sex neutrality of economic outcomes. This paper analyzes several policies for improving economic outcomes for wives: divorce insurance against loss of earning capacity, loss of expected standard of living or loss of spousal services; divorce-contingent pay for home-making services; and, finally, extension of equal asset sharing on divorce to changes in earning capacity. The latter is the system most consistent with the concept of marriage as an all encompassing economic partnership which underlies family law in Canada today, and is arguably consistent with the goals of equity and efficiency.

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    Article provided by University of Toronto Press in its journal Canadian Public Policy.

    Volume (Year): 18 (1992)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 318-326

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    Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:18:y:1992:i:3:p:318-326

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    1. Fuchs, Victor R, 1989. "Women's Quest for Economic Equality," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 3(1), pages 25-41, Winter.
    2. David Neumark & Sanders D. Korenman, 1988. "Does marriage really make men more productive?," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 29, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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    1. Nezih Guner & John Knowles, 2000. "Marriage, Fertility And Divorce: A Dynamic Equilibrium Analysis Of Social Policy In Canada," Computing in Economics and Finance 2000 352, Society for Computational Economics.
    2. Samuel A. Rea, 1995. "Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The Economics of Spousal Support," Law and Economics 9505001, EconWPA.

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