Women’s family histories and incomes in later life in the UK, US and West Germany

Document type
Discussion paper
Author(s)
Evandrou, Maria; Falkingham, Jane; Sefton, Tom
Publisher
Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion
Date of publication
1 June 2009
Series
CASE; 138
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Using data from several large scale longitudinal surveys this paper investigates the relationship between the family histories of older women and their personal incomes in later life in the UK as well as the US and West Germany, By comparing three countries with very different welfare regimes, we seek to gain a better understanding of the interaction between the life course, pension system and women's incomes in later life. We conclude with a brief discussion of the “women-friendliness” of different pension regimes in the light of our analysis.

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