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Divorce Laws, Sex Ratios and the Marriage Market

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  • Brishti Guha

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    (School of Economics, Singapore Management University)

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I show how an interaction between the imbalance of the sex ratio and the jump in divorce rates after a liberalization in divorce laws can obtain in a model of marriage market matching with non-transferable utility. If sex ratios are more unbalanced, the size of the jump in divorce rates following a transition from mutual consent to unilateral divorce will be larger. This works through two interacting sources of asymmetry, the first in remarriage odds between the sexes, the second in the impact of divorce law regime on the ease of obtaining a divorce.

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Paper provided by Singapore Management University, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 19-2012.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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Publication status: Published in SMU Economics and Statistics Working Paper Series
Handle: RePEc:siu:wpaper:19-2012

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Keywords: Divorce; sex ratios; marriage market; imbalance; matching; non-transferable utility.;

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