Bargaining on your Spouse: Coasean and Non-Coasean Behaviour Within Marriage

@article{Skatun2017BargainingOY,
  title={Bargaining on your Spouse: Coasean and Non-Coasean Behaviour Within Marriage},
  author={John Douglas Fordyce Skatun},
  journal={Journal of Family and Economic Issues},
  year={2017},
  volume={38},
  pages={263-278}
}
Legal structures of divorce settlements are important in how marital division of labour impacts on divorce. They affect not only divorce welfare but also within-marriage allocations. A central question in this context is whether or not intra-marital bargaining is Coasean, where Coasean bargains are characterised by the costless transfer of utility between spouses when property rights are well defined. In Coasean bargains divorces are efficient in the sense that they cannot occur when the joint… CONTINUE READING
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