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

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  • Del Boca, Daniela

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    (University of Turin)

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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.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 428.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2002
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2003, 16 (3), 399–422
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Keywords: intra-household allocation; children welfare; Divorce;

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  1. Martin Halla, 2004. "Unterhalt, Obsorge und Scheidungsanwälte: Eine ökonometrische Untersuchung der einvernehmlichen Scheidung in Österreich," Economics working papers, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria 2004-10, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
  2. Morten Bennedsen & Kasper Nielsen & Francisco Pérez-González & Daniel Wolfenzon, 2005. "Inside the Family Firm: The Role of Families in Succession Decisions and Performance," CIE Discussion Papers, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Industrial Economics 2005-13, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Industrial Economics, revised Sep 2005.
  3. Bennedsen, Morten & Nielsen, Kasper & Pérez-González, Francisco & Wolfenzon, Daniel, 2005. "Inside the Family Firm," Working Papers, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics 21-2005, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics.
  4. Anna Klabunde & Evelyn Korn, 2010. "Parasites and Raven Mothers: A German-Japanese Comparison on (Lone) Motherhood," Ruhr Economic Papers, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen 0196, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
  5. Bruno Jeandidier & Cécile Bourreau-Dubois & Myriam Doriat-Duban, 2009. "Economie du droit du divorce," Post-Print, HAL halshs-00521353, HAL.

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