Property Division upon Divorce and Household Decisions

Yuting HUANG, Juan PANTANO, Han YE, Junjian YI

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Before 2011, Chinese married couples expected equal-division of housing property upon divorce even when the home was titled only under the husband’s name and bought by the husband before marriage. In 2011, a Supreme Court decision led to enforcement of a title-based regime, only for housing property purchased before marriage and brought into the marriage by one of the spouses. We investigate the effects of this legal change using a difference-in-differences design. We find that this legal change weakened wives' intrahousehold bargaining power, leading to reductions in their leisure, increased consumption of male-favored goods, and reduced investment in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-560
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Issue number2
Early online date13 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • Household behavior
  • Intergenerational investment
  • Intrahousehold bargaining power
  • Marital property law


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