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Marital Property Laws and Women’s Labour Supply

Stephanie Lluis and Yazhuo (Annie) Pan
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Stephanie Lluis: Department of Economics, University of Waterloo
Yazhuo (Annie) Pan: Department of Economics, University of Waterloo

No 1809, Working Papers from University of Waterloo, Department of Economics

Abstract: In this paper, we study whether and if so how changes in the marital property law following the amendment of the Civil Code of Quebec to improve economic equality between spouses impacted household labour supply and individuals' marital decisions. We exploit detailed information on individuals' labour market and marital status from the Labour Force Survey to analyze short-term changes in labour supply and marital decisions before and after the reforms in Quebec relative to other provinces, which did not experience the changes in the marital property law over that time period. Investigating the labour supply and marital decisions' responses to a policy changing the distribution of resources between men and women may assist welfare agencies in the design of family reforms and more generally, help further reduce women's entry into poverty. Furthermore, analyzing whether the Quebec marital property law changed the demographic mix of couples may further inform policymaker about possible ways to improve gender equality.

JEL-codes: C21 H75 J12 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 49 pages
Date: 2018-11-12, Revised 2018-11-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-dem and nep-law
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