Does Custody Law Affect Family Behavior In and Out of Marriage?

René Böheim, Marco Francesconi, Martin Halla

Publikation: Working/Discussion PaperWU Working Paper

38 Downloads (Pure)


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.
HerausgeberWU Vienna University of Economics and Business
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Feb. 2013


ReiheDepartment of Economics Working Paper Series

WU Working Paper Reihe

  • Department of Economics Working Paper Series