Table of Contents: 1. Introduction Antony W. Dnes and Robert Rowthorn; 2. Marriage: the long-term contract Lloyd R. Cohen; 3. Marital commitment and the legal regulation of divorce Elizabeth S. Scott; 4. Mutual consent divorce Allen M. Parkman; 5. An economic approach to adultery law Eric Rasmusen; 6. Louisiana's covenant marriage law: recapturing the meaning of marriage for the sake of the children Katherine Shaw Spaht; 7. Cohabitation and marriage Antony W. Dnes; 8. Marriage as a signal Robert Rowthorn; 9. For better or for worse? Is bargaining in marriage and divorce efficient? Martin Zelder; 10. Weak men and disorderly women: divorce and the division of labour Stephen L. Nock and Margaret F. Brinig; 11. Impact of legal reforms on marriage and divorce Douglas W. Allen; 12. European divorce laws, divorce rates and their consequences Ian Smith.