Working papers, Department of Economics, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
Does Custody Law Affect Family Behavior In and Out of Marriage?
(), Marco Francesconi
() and Martin Halla
Abstract: We examine the effect of joint custody on marriage,
divorce, fertility and female employment in Austria using individual-level
administrative data, covering the entire population. We also use unique
data obtained from court records to analyze the effect on post-divorce
outcomes. Our estimates show that joint custody significantly reduces
divorce and female employment rates, significantly increases marriage and
marital birth rates, and leads to a substantial increase in the total money
transfer received by mothers after divorce. We interpret these results as
evidence against Becker-Coase bargains and in support of a mechanism driven
by a resource redistribution that favors men giving them greater incentives
to invest in marriage specific capital.
Keywords: Divorce, Fertility, Bargaining, Intrahousehold Allocations, Austria; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J12,; J13,; J18,; K36,; N32,; R2; (follow links to similar papers)
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