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Who's Minding the Kids? An Economic Comparison of Sole and Joint Custody

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We examine the allocation of spending by divorced parents on both private goods and goods which they share with their child. Sole and joint custody arrangements differ in the pattern of shared goods. Parents play a non-cooperative game. We compute the putcomes under sole and joint custody, and examine the effects of income redistribution.

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  • Linda Welling & Marci Bearance, 2001. "Who's Minding the Kids? An Economic Comparison of Sole and Joint Custody," Department Discussion Papers 0101, Department of Economics, University of Victoria.
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    1. Daniela Del Boca & Rocio Ribero, 2003. "Visitations and Transfers After Divorce," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 1(3), pages 187-204, September.

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    • D19 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Other
    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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