Household dissolution, child care and divorce law

Roger Bowles, Nuno Garoupa

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This paper sets up a model of household dissolution in which one party decides to leave a household that contains children. We study the effects of divorce law on this decision and, in particular, the role of legal provisions governing the post-dissolution care of the household's children. In particular, we show that there is an inevitable tension between achieving efficiency in marriage and at the same time achieving efficiency in divorce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-510
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Review Of Law And Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Divorce
  • Marriage


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