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Child-custody reform and the division of labor in the household

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  • Duha T. Altindag

    () (Auburn University)

  • John Nunley

    () (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)

  • Alan Seals

    () (Auburn University)

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We investigate whether the adoption of joint-custody laws affects the amount of time that married mothers and fathers devote to market and household work. Our findings suggest that custody reform induces a reallocation of time within marriage, with mothers working more in the market and fathers working more in the home. However, fathers lower their labor-force-participation rates in response to custody reform. The patterns in the data are most easily reconciled with models that emphasize shifts in bargaining power to one household member, which is likely the father in the case of joint-custody reform.

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  • Duha T. Altindag & John Nunley & Alan Seals, 2017. "Child-custody reform and the division of labor in the household," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 15(3), pages 833-856, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:15:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s11150-015-9282-0
    DOI: 10.1007/s11150-015-9282-0
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    Household labor supply; Market work; Household work; Child custody; Household bargaining;
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    JEL classification:

    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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