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dc.contributor.authorGonzález, Libertaden_US
dc.contributor.authorViitanen, Tarja K.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-09-22en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T09:12:43Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T09:12:43Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/33558-
dc.description.abstractThis paper analyzes a panel of 18 European countries spanning from 1950 to 2003 to examine the extent to which the legal reforms leading to easier divorce that took place during the second half of the 20th century have contributed to the increase in divorce rates across Europe. We use a quasi-experimental set-up and exploit the different timing of the reforms in divorce laws across countries. We account for unobserved country-specific factors by introducing country fixed effects, and we include country-specific trends to control for time-varying factors at the country level that may be correlated with divorce rates and divorce laws, such as changing social norms or slow moving demographic trends. We find that the different reforms that made divorce easier were followed by significant increases in divorce rates. The effect of no-fault legislation was strong and permanent, while unilateral reforms only had a temporary effect on divorce rates. Overall, we estimate that the legal reforms account for about 20 percent of the increase in divorce rates in Europe between 1960 and 2002.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 2023en_US
dc.subject.jelJ12en_US
dc.subject.jelJ18en_US
dc.subject.jelK3en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keyworddivorce ratesen_US
dc.subject.keywordlegislationen_US
dc.subject.stwFamilienökonomiken_US
dc.subject.stwEheen_US
dc.subject.stwEherechten_US
dc.subject.stwEuropaen_US
dc.titleThe effect of divorce laws on divorce rates in Europeen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn509597343en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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