Corpus ID: 15126309

‘ Til Death Do Us Part : Effects of Divorce Laws on Suicide , Domestic Violence and Spousal Murder

@inproceedings{Cutler2000TD,
  title={‘ Til Death Do Us Part : Effects of Divorce Laws on Suicide , Domestic Violence and Spousal Murder},
  author={D. Cutler and D. Ellwood and L. Friedberg and C. Goldin and C. Hoxby and S. Jencks and A. Krueger and Steven R. Levitt and J. Miron and K. Newman},
  year={2000}
}
Over the past thirty years changes in divorce law have significantly increased access to divorce. The different timing of divorce law reform across states provides a useful quasi-experiment with which to examine the effects of this change. We analyze state panel data to estimate changes in suicide, domestic violence and spousal murder rates arising from the change in divorce law. Suicide rates are used as a quantifiable measure of happiness and well-being, albeit one that focuses on the extreme… Expand
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