Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Does Debt Discourage Employment and Payment of Child Support? Evidence from a Natural Experiment

The authors find an inverse relationship between child support debt and a father's earnings and child support payments. Higher arrears are generally associated with lower payments and lower earnings for fathers, although the patterns vary with fathers' age and work histories.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2009-012
  • Author(s): Maria Cancian, Carolyn Heinrich and Yiyoon Chung