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Replication data for: Free to Leave? A Welfare Analysis of Divorce Regimes

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  • Fernández, Raquel
  • Wong, Joyce Cheng
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  • Abstract

    During the 1970s, the United States switched from mutual consent to a unilateral divorce regime. Who benefited/lost from this change? We develop a dynamic life cycle model in which agents make consumption, saving, work, and marital-status decisions under a given divorce regime. Calibrating the model to match key moments for the 1940 cohort and conditioning solely on gender, our ex ante welfare analysis finds that women fare better under mutual consent whereas men prefer a unilateral system. Conditioning as well on initial productivity (expected income), we find that the top three quintiles of men and the top two quintiles of women prefer unilateral divorce.
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    DOI: 10.1257/mac.20150293 (Text)
  • Fernández, Raquel, and Joyce Cheng Wong. “Free to Leave? A Welfare Analysis of Divorce Regimes.” American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 9, no. 3 (July 2017): 72–115.
    • ID: 10.1257/mac.20150293 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-10-13 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-10-13

Fernández, Raquel; Wong, Joyce Cheng (2017): Replication data for: Free to Leave? A Welfare Analysis of Divorce Regimes. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.