The Impact of Child Support Enforcement on Fertility, Parental Investment and Child Well-Being

31 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2005 Last revised: 27 Jun 2021

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Anna Aizer

Brown University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Sara McLanahan

Princeton University - Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Date Written: August 2005

Abstract

Increasing the probability of paying child support, in addition to increasing resources available for investment in children, may also alter the incentives faced by men to have children out of wedlock. We find that strengthening child support enforcement leads men to have fewer out-of-wedlock births and among those who do become fathers, to do so with more educated women and those with a higher propensity to invest in children. Thus, policies that compel men to pay child support may affect child outcomes through two pathways: an increase in financial resources and a birth selection process.

Suggested Citation

Aizer, Anna and McLanahan, Sara, The Impact of Child Support Enforcement on Fertility, Parental Investment and Child Well-Being (August 2005). NBER Working Paper No. w11522, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=776010

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