Effects of the Joint Custody Law in Italy

  title={Effects of the Joint Custody Law in Italy},
  author={Guido de Blasio and Daniela Vuri},
  journal={LSN: Children},
We study the effect of a 2006 reform to Italian family law that made joint custody the default for separating couples. The reform boosted joint legal custody by about 75 percentage points. Our research design uses difference‐in‐differences to estimate reform effects on the likelihood of a contested settlement, length of trial, and transfers between separating parents. The analysis is based on Italian individual‐level administrative data, which cover the entire population. The… 


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