Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/68092
Authors: 
Walker, Ian
Zhu, Yu
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
Department of Economics Discussion Paper, University of Kent 04,08
Abstract: 
This paper studies the determinants of partnership dissolution and focuses on the role of child support. We exploit the variation in child support liabilities driven by an important UK policy reform to separately identify the effects of children from the effect of child support liability. We find strong evidence that an increase in the child support liability significantly reduces dissolution risk. Our results suggest that child support criteria that are based on the non-custodial parent's income, compared to criteria based on aggregate incomes of both parents, would imply much smaller separation rates.
Subjects: 
partnership dissolution
child support
empty nest effect
JEL: 
D13
D31
J12
J13
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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