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Yuqing Zhou
''The effects of divorce laws on labor supply: a reconsideration and new results''
( 2018, Vol. 38 No.4 )
In this paper, I revisit the effects of unilateral divorce laws on female labor supply. I use a variety of models to check the robustness of the results and find that the estimated effects on female labor supply are remarkably robust. The main estimates that I use in this paper suggest that unilateral divorce laws increase female labor force participation rates by roughly 4–5 percentage points and that these effects strengthen over time. There are also strong, long-term effects on the weeks and hours of work and on participation in full-time work. In addition, this paper compares the dynamic participation responses of married mothers versus married non-mothers, high-education versus low-education women, young versus old women and white versus black women.
Keywords: Divorce Laws; Labor Supply
JEL: J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor: General
K1 - Basic Areas of Law: General (Constitutional Law)
Manuscript Received : Apr 08 2018 Manuscript Accepted : Oct 17 2018

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