Explaining the Growth of Divorce in Great Britain
This paper tests whether the liberalization of divorce law or economic factors can explain the postwar growth of divorce rates in Great Britain. Timing differences regarding the dates of legal innovations in England and Wales relative to Scotland are exploited to test for divorce law effects. The results suggest that innovations in family law have had a powerful but only temporary impact on divorce rates. The rising incidence of divorce is explained chiefly by the growth in the real earnings of women, which have increased postdivorce welfare by providing a measure of financial independence. Copyright 1997 by Scottish Economic Society.
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Volume (Year): 44 (1997)
Issue (Month): 5 (November)
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