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Replication data for: Did Unilateral Divorce Laws Raise Divorce Rates? A Reconciliation and New Results

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V0
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Creator
  • Wolfers, Justin
Publication Date
2006-12-01
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  • Abstract

    Applying the Coase Theorem to marital bargaining suggests that shifting from consent to unilateral divorce laws will not affect divorce rates. I show that existing evidence suggesting large effects of divorce laws on divorce rates reflect a failure to explicitly model the dynamic response of divorce rates to a shock to the legal regime. When accounting for these dynamics, I find that unilateral divorce spiked following the adoption of unilateral divorce laws, but that this rise largely reversed itself within a decade. Overall, these changes in family law explain very little of the rise in divorce over the past half-century. (JEL C78, J12)
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    DOI: 10.1257/aer.96.5.1802 (Text)
Publications
  • Wolfers, Justin. “Did Unilateral Divorce Laws Raise Divorce Rates? A Reconciliation and New Results.” American Economic Review 96, no. 5 (November 2006): 1802–20. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.96.5.1802.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.96.5.1802 (DOI)

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Wolfers, Justin (2006): Replication data for: Did Unilateral Divorce Laws Raise Divorce Rates? A Reconciliation and New Results. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E116250