The Impact of Divorce Legislation on Daily Time Allocation

Katherine R Genadek

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Using time diary data from the mid-1970s, the relationship between unilateral divorce and couple-level time allocation is estimated. Married women in states with unilateral divorce are found to be spending less time in household production and core housework than those in states without unilateral divorce, and married men are found to be doing a greater share of housework within families. This paper also uses cross state and time variation in divorce law by including data from the early 1990s to estimate the effect of the adoption of unilateral divorce on daily time use. The analysis confirms the findings for women in the 1970s, as unilateral divorce is found to significantly decrease time in housework for women.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-61
Number of pages31
JournalMinnesota Population Center Working Paper Series
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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