In 2008, Mexico City liberalised and simplified divorce laws, shifting from mutual consent to unilateral divorce laws. The reform was followed by a sharp increase in the number of divorces granted over the subsequent years. Some studies have demonstrated that unilateral divorce laws are positively correlated with married women’s labour supply (Genadek et al., 2007). However, empirical evidence from the United States has shown that the impact of divorce laws on married women’s labour supply remains puzzling (Stevenson, 2008).
This article exploits the 2008 reform as a natural experiment to analyse the effect of unilateral divorce laws on the labour supply of married women in Mexico City using a difference-in-differences approach. The results suggest that there is no robust evidence to support the hypotheses that either female labour participation or work hours is different from what it would have been had the no-fault divorce laws not been implemented. Additionally, the results suggest that the reform did not have an effect on the work-hours decision.
How to Cite:
Hernandez, M.A., 2015. The Effect of Unilateral Divorce Laws on Married Women’s Labour Supply in Mexico City. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 3(2), pp.26–50.