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Uncommitted Couples: Some Efficiency and Policy Implications of Marital Bargaining

  • Saku Aura

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    (Department of Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia)

This paper studies married couples dynamic investment and consumption choices under the assumption that the couple cannot commit across time to not to renegotiate their decisions. The inefficiencies that can arise are characterized. Efficiency properties of different divorce asset division regimes are examined. A stylized common law regime is shown to lead to a fully efficiency in a simple model while it is shown that under community property regime the couple is unlikely to attain full efficiency. The effect of inability to commit across time on the savings level is examined under a tractable special case of the model.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Missouri in its series Working Papers with number 0217.

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Length: 33 pgs.
Date of creation: 25 Sep 2002
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Handle: RePEc:umc:wpaper:0217
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