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dc.contributor.authorBargain, Olivieren_US
dc.contributor.authorGonzález, Libertad.en_US
dc.contributor.authorKeane, Claireen_US
dc.contributor.authorÖzcan, Berkayen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-04en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-30T10:01:10Z-
dc.date.available2011-09-30T10:01:10Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/50153-
dc.description.abstractIf participation in the labour market helps to secure women's outside options in the case of divorce/separation, an increase in the perceived risk of marital dissolution may accelerate the increase in female labour supply. This simple prediction has been tested in the literature using time and/or spatial variation in divorce legislation (e.g., across US states), leading to mixed results. In this paper, we suggest testing this hypothesis by exploiting a more radical policy change, i.e., the legalization of divorce. In Ireland, the right to divorce was introduced in 1996, followed by an acceleration of marriage breakdown rates. We use this fundamental change in the Irish society as a natural experiment. We follow a difference-in-difference approach, using families for whom the dissolution risk is small as a control group. Our results suggest that the legalization of divorce contributed to a significant increase in female labour supply, mostly at the extensive margin. Results are not driven by selection and are robust to several specification checks, including the introduction of household fixed effects and an improved match between control and treatment groups using propensity score reweighting.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherESRI Dublinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesESRI working paper 346en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keyworddivorce law, natural experiment labour supplyen_US
dc.subject.keywordfixed effectsen_US
dc.subject.keywordpropensity score.en_US
dc.subject.stwEherechten_US
dc.subject.stwReformen_US
dc.subject.stwScheidungen_US
dc.subject.stwWeibliche Arbeitskräfteen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsangeboten_US
dc.subject.stwIrlanden_US
dc.titleFemale labour supply and divorce: New evidence from Irelanden_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn632226366en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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