11, Porte des Sciences
conference room, 1st floor
(Co-authored by Marion Goussé and Marion Leturcq)
We evaluate the impact of legal settings of unmarried cohabitation on labor market outcomes for men and women. In Canada, cohabiting couples are automatically entitled to certain rights after a few years of cohabitation. In some provinces, ex-cohabiting partners can claim for alimony upon separation, in others they are granted similar rights and responsibilities as married couples. Using cross-province variations in legal settings and minimum duration for eligibility, we show that unmarried cohabiting women decrease their labor force supply and earnings when becoming eligible to a more protective cohabitation regime. By contrast, we find that men increase their labor force supply and earnings when becoming eligible to a marriage-like regime of cohabitation. Our results contribute to the ongoing public debate regarding the legal recognition and level of protection that should be given to unmarried cohabiting partners.