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The Effect of Changing Financial Incentives on Repartnering

Hayley Fisher () and Anna Zhu ()
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Anna Zhu: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, https://www.melbourneinstitute.com/staff/azhu/default.html

Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series from Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: This paper examines how a reduction in the financial resources available to lone parents affects repartnering. We exploit an Australian natural experiment that reduced the financial resources available to a subset of separating parents. Using bi-weekly administrative data capturing separations occurring among low and middle income couples, we show that the policy reform significantly increased the repartnering hazard for affected separating mothers, especially those with low labour force attachment. Reconciliation with the woman’s prior partner drives this result. Complementary analysis of an annual panel survey demonstrates that repartnering impacts are also present over the five years post-separation and that the impact on repartnering hazards is increasing in the extent of financial loss and the urgency of the impact. Together, these results demonstrate that one way that lone mothers respond to a reduction in financial resources available at the time of relationship breakdown is by repartnering more quickly.

Keywords: Repartnering; lone parents; welfare reform; longitudinal analysis; NAPLAN; ATAR; VCE; Victoria; Australia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 J18 H53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53pp
Date: 2016-09
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