Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73567
Authors: 
Böheim, René
Francesconi, Mario
Halla, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz 1212
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.
Subjects: 
Divorce
Fertility
Bargaining
Intrahousehold Allocations
Austria
JEL: 
J12
J13
J18
K36
N32
R2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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