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Marital splits and income changes: evidence for Britain

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  • Jarvis, Sarah
  • Jenkins, Stephen P.

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We provide new evidence about what happens to peoples incomes when their or their parents marital union dissolves, using longitudinal data from waves 1-4 of the British Household Panel Survey. Marital splits are associated with substantial declines in real income for separating wives and children on average, whereas separating husbands real income on average changes much less. Results are shown to be robust to the choice of income definition and degree of economies of scale built into the household equivalence scale, and are validated with information about respondents assessments of how their personal financial circumstances changed. In addition we analyse the extent to which the welfare state mitigates the size of the income loss for women and children relative to men, and document the changes in social assistance benefit receipt and paid work, and maintenance income receipt and payment.

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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 97-04.

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Date of creation: 01 Apr 1997
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Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:97-04

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  8. Arnstein Aassve & Gianni Betti & Stefano Mazzuco & Letizia Mencarini, 2007. "Marital disruption and economic well-being: a comparative analysis," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 170(3), pages 781-799.
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  10. Tjøtta, Sigve & Vaage, Kjell, 2002. "Public Transfers and Marital Dissolution," Working Papers in Economics 08/02, University of Bergen, Department of Economics.
  11. Silvia Meggiolaro & Fausta Ongaro, 2008. "Repartnering after marital dissolution: Does context play a role?," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 19(57), pages 1913-1934, November.

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