Martin Halla

  • Current position:
    Professor of Economics, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Research interest:
    Applied microeconometrics, population economics, labor economics, and health economics
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  • Affiliations:
    University of Innsbruck, Austria, and IZA, Germany
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, University of Linz, 2007
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    Communication between researchers and policymakers can be difficult. However, it is indispensable for evidence-based policy making. World of Labor is a fantastic project aimed at facilitating this exchange by making academic research more accessible to policymakers
  • Selected publications:
    • “The effect of joint custody on family outcomes.” Journal of the European Economic Association 11:2 (2013): 278–315.
    • “Assortative mating and divorce: Evidence from Austrian register data.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society) 176:4 (2013): 907–929 (with W. Frimmel and R. Winter-Ebmer).
    • “Can pro-marriage policies work? An analysis of marginal marriages.” Demography 51:4 (2014): 1357–1359 (with W. Frimmel and R. Winter-Ebmer).
  • Articles

Do joint custody laws improve family well-being?

Joint child custody laws affect not only divorced families but intact families as well

May 2015

10.15185/izawol.147 147

by Martin Halla Halla, M

Custody laws governing living arrangements for children following their parents’ divorce have changed dramatically since the 1970s. Traditionally, one parent—usually the mother—was assigned sole custody of the child. Today, many divorced parents continue to share parental rights and responsibilities through joint custody arrangements. While joint custody laws have improved the situation of divorced fathers, recent empirical research has documented intended and unintended consequences of joint custody laws for families in such areas as family formation, labor force participation, suicide, domestic violence, and child outcomes.