Child Support Reform: Some Analysis of the 1999 White Paper

Gillian Paull, Ian Walker, Yu Zhu

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    This paper uses a sample of lone mothers (and former lone mothers who are now repartnered) drawn from the 1997 Family Resources Survey to analyse the potential effects of reforming the UK system of child support. The main deficiency of the data is that non-resident fathers cannot be matched to the mothers in the data, and this is overcome by exploiting information from another dataset which gives the joint distribution of the characteristics of separated parents. The effects of reforming the child support system are simulated for the amount of maintenance liabilities, the amount paid and the net incomes of households containing mothers-with-care and of households containing non-resident fathers. The likely effects of the reform are simulated at various levels of compliance. The analysis highlights the need for further research into the incentive effects of child support on individual behaviour.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-140
    Number of pages36
    JournalFiscal Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Economics and Econometrics


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