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Widowhood and Retirement: Women on the Margin

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  • Lynn McDonald
  • Peter Donahue
  • Brooke Moore
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    This study documents (1) the income situation of retired widows, (2) the strategies they use to cope with reduced levels of income, and (3) the effects of reduced income on their health and well-being. A major finding (based on analysis of the Survey of Ageing and Independence) is that almost half of retired widows live below Statistics Canada's low income cut-off. The views of widows on their low socioeconomic status are explored in 40 in-depth interviews. The study then proceeds (4) to highlight the policy implications of the findings in light of the proposed new Seniors Benefit and the proposed changes to the CPP/QPP.

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    Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Independence and Economic Security of the Older Population Research Papers with number 17.

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    Length: 115 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:mcm:iesopp:17

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