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Mothers, Fathers And Children After Divorce: The Role Of Institutions

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  • Daniela del Boca

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In recent years the increase in the divorce rate in many advanced countries and the predominance of female-headed families among the poor has generated much interest in the relationship between divorce and the welfare of mothers and children. In this paper I will review a small body of economic literature which has been recently developed in order to analyze the economic consequence of divorce on the welfare of fathers, mothers and children under alternative behavioral assumptions. Important economic and econometric issues arise from an analysis of welfare in non intact households as compared with intact households. In particular the focus is on the role that institutions play in postdivorce arrangements and important implications concerning policies for child support, custody, and visitation.

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  • Daniela del Boca, 2001. "Mothers, Fathers And Children After Divorce: The Role Of Institutions," CHILD Working Papers wp25_01, CHILD - Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic economics - ITALY.
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    Keywords

    divorce; intra-household allocation; children welfare;

    JEL classification:

    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • K40 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - General

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