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The Law and Economics of Marriage and Divorce - Antony W. Dnes

The Law and Economics of Marriage and Divorce

By: Antony W. Dnes (Editor), Robert Rowthorn (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2002
ISBN: 9780521809337
Number Of Pages: 244

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What sort of contract is marriage? What does it offer the parties? What are the difficulties of enforcement, and the result of failed effective enforcement? This book takes an economic approach to marriage and divorce, considering the key role of 'incentives' in family law: it highlights the possible adverse consequences emanating from faulty legal design, while demonstrating that good family law should provide incentives for consistent and honest behavior. Economists, specialists in the economic analysis of law, and academic lawyers discuss recent advances in specialist work on marriage, cohabitation, and divorce. Chapters are grouped around four topics: the contractual perspectives on marriage commitment; the regulatory framework surrounding divorce; bargaining and commitment issues relating to marriage and near-marriage arrangements; and finally empirical work, which focuses on the impact of more liberal divorce laws. This important new study will be of considerable interest to lawyers, policy-makers and economists concerned with family law.

List of tables and figurep. vii
List of contributorsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Marriage: the long-term contractp. 10
Marital commitment and the legal regulation of divorcep. 35
Mutual consent divorcep. 57
An economic approach to adultery lawp. 70
Louisiana's covenant marriage law: recapturing the meaning of marriage for the sake of the childrenp. 92
Cohabitation and marriagep. 118
Marriage as a signalp. 132
For better or for worse? Is bargaining in marriage and divorce efficient?p. 157
Weak men and disorderly women: divorce and the division of laborp. 171
The impact of legal reforms on marriage and divorcep. 191
European divorce laws, divorce rates, and their consequencesp. 212
Indexp. 230
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ISBN: 9780521809337
ISBN-10: 0521809339
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5