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Child-Support Laws and Contraceptive Care

Author(s): Irwin, Timothy

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Abstract: The paper uses a simple theoretical model of potential parents' contraceptive decisions to analyze the effects of different child-support laws on contraceptive care, the probability of accidental pregnancy, and the distribution of welfare. Among other things, the model implies that under noncooperative contraceptive decision making the rules of paternal, maternal, and joint liability are all inefficient, while a combination of a liability rule and a tax is efficient. Under cooperative contraceptive decision making, it shows that the effects of these rules are reversed: the combination of liability rule and tax is inefficient, while the others are all efficient.
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 47-59
Type of Material: Journal Article
Series/Report no.: Volume 6;
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Public and International Affairs
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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