Child Support and Partnership Dissolution: Evidence from the UK

Walker, Ian and Zhu, Yu Child Support and Partnership Dissolution: Evidence from the UK. Working paper. Department of Economics, University of Kent (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper studies the determinants of partnership dissolution and focuses on the role of child support. We exploit the variation in child support liabilities driven by an important UK policy reform to separately identify the effects of children from the effect of child support liability. We find strong evidence that an increase in the child support liability significantly reduces dissolution risk. Our results suggest that child support criteria that are based on the non-custodial parent’s income, compared to criteria based on aggregate incomes of both parents, would imply much smaller separation rates.

Item Type: Monograph (Working paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Yu Zhu
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 19:23
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 01:47
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/15472 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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