TIL LAWS DO US PART: THE IMPACT OF CHANGES IN DIVORCE LAWS ON DIVORCE RATES IN MEXICO

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'TIL LAWS DO US PART?: THE IMPACT OF CHANGES IN DIVORCE LAWS ON DIVORCE RATES IN MEXICO Nellie Lew University of California, Santa Barbara lew@econ.ucsb.edu Trinidad Beleche University of California, Riverside trinidad.beleche@email.ucr.edu Abstract Demographic Characteristics of States That Liberalize Divorce Laws Are Similar To Those That Don't Data State-based board information of all separations, 1993-2005 (INEGI) Rich arrangement of covariates State Civil Codes During the 1990s many states in Mexico started to change their separation common codes by embracing more liberal arrangements. In the meantime separate rates in Mexico have been rising. Utilizing a board of state-level Mexican information from 1993 to 2005, we look at the effect of law changes that unwind the reason for separation on a state's separation rate. Our distinction in-contrast estimation recommends that progression of the separation laws did not add to an expansion in the separation rate. Display We relapse separate rates on a law change pointer, controlling for state, year settled impacts, and state-particular direct patterns 1 4 7 Divorce Rates and Divorce Law Adoption Results Divorce Rates Have Almost Doubled 2 5 8 States Have Also Expanded Their Divorce Laws Variation in the Timing of Divorce Law Adoption Conclusion Unlike cases that simpler separation prompts to an expansion in separation rates, we find that advancement of separation laws did not fundamentally affect separate rates. Despite the fact that not factually critical, our evaluations demonstrate that adjustments in separation laws represent at most 19% of the multiplying in Mexico's separation rates that happened in the vicinity of 1993 and 2005. Controlling for element consequences for changes in separation laws we discover no proof of a determined effect. 3 6 9

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