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 (US)
Pages (from-to)1-38
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2021


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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