Law, Property, and Marital Dissolution

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper challenges the view that legal rights are not important in affecting whether people divorce, but it puts as much emphasis on property rights (given, for example, by the law on alimony) as on dissolution rights. The paper sets out two stylised models of marriage and examines the consequences of fuller compensation for economic sacrifices made during marriage. If the dominant economic issue in a marriage is who undertakes household tasks then a law giving fuller compensation makes divorce more likely. If the dominant issue is child custody, divorce is less likely.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Publication series

NameESE Discussion Papers

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • marriage
  • divorce
  • property rights
  • household production
  • child custody


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