The Impact of Unilateral Divorce on Crime
Julio Caceres-Delpiano and
ILADES-UAH Working Papers from Universidad Alberto Hurtado/School of Economics and Business
Using data from the FBI´s Uniform Crime Report program and differences in the timing of the reform’s introduction, we find that unilateral divorce caused an increase in violent crime rates of approximately 9 percent during the period 1965-1996. When we use age at the time of the reform as an additional source of variation, our findings suggest that young adult cohorts, who were children at the time of the reform, were particularly affected. Finally, we show evidence that a potential channel behind our findings is an increase in poverty and inequality among mothers who were “surprised” by the reform.
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Journal Article: The Impact of Unilateral Divorce on Crime (2012)
Working Paper: The impact of unilateral divorce on crime (2008)
Working Paper: The Impact of Unilateral Divorce on Crime (2008)
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