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Effect of Joint Custody Laws on Children's Future Labor Market Outcomes

Maiti, Abhradeep (2014): Effect of Joint Custody Laws on Children's Future Labor Market Outcomes.

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Abstract

In a joint custody regime, both parents are given equal preference by the court while granting the custodial rights of their children in the event of divorce. Using 50 years of census data for the United States' population, I show that growing up in a joint custody regime leads to lower educational attainment and worse labor market outcomes. My results are robust to different model specifications and apply to both males and females.

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