Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Effect of Child Support Enforcement Efforts on Nonmarital Fertility and Marriage

The author finds mixed evidence as to whether the strength of state child support enforcement affects nonmarital birth or marriage rates. In the preferred specifications, increased enforcement leads to a decrease in the likelihood of marriage among never-married, childless women and in the annual likelihood of a non marital birth and marriage among never-married women with one child.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2007-034
  • Author(s): Geoffrey L. Wallace