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The Economic Well-Being of Older Women Who Become Divorced or Separated in Mid and Later Life

  • Sharon Davies
  • Margaret Denton
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    This paper examines the economic well-being of women who become divorced or separated in mid and later life using 1994 data from the Statistics Canada Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics. Three measures of economic well-being are considered: adjusted economic family total money income; before-tax low income cutoff; and ownership of dwelling. Women and men aged 65 and older in their first marriages are compared with women and men aged 65 and older divorced or separated women who had become divorced or separated at age 45 and older. Results show that women who become divorced or separated in mid and later life are more likely to be in poverty than married persons and men who divorce or separate in mid and later life. Persons who divorce or separate in mid and later life are less likely than married persons to live in a dwelling which is owned by a member of the household. Regression analyses show that receipt of pension income and earnings are positively associated with income for women who become divorced or separated in mid and later life. Implications for the Canadian legal and retirement income systems are discussed.

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    Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports with number 366.

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    Length: 41 pages
    Date of creation: Nov 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:mcm:qseprr:366
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