Divorce, Women's Earnings, and Retirement Over the Life Course

2013. In Lifecycle Events and Their Consequences: Job loss, Family change, and Declines in Health. Chapter: 8, Stanford University Press, (Eds.) Couch K., Daly M.C, Zissimopoulos, J. pp.133-157

Posted: 8 Dec 2013  

Kenneth A. Couch

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics

Christopher R. Tamborini

U.S. Social Security Administration

Gayle Reznik

U.S. Social Security Administration

John W. R. Phillips

National Institutes on Aging

Date Written: December 8, 2013

Abstract

Unanticipated changes in family composition can have long-lasting consequences for individuals. This chapter examines the long-term effects of marital dissolution on women’s earnings and retirement. Using a longitudinal approach and a fixed-effects model, we consider three main questions. First, what is the effect of divorce on women’s earnings? Second, do these changes persist over the lifecycle? Third, what is the effect on the timing, type, and level of benefit as women enter into the Social Security retirement program?

Keywords: Divorce, Women, Retirement, Labor, Life Course, Social Security

JEL Classification: J12, J26, J00

Suggested Citation

Couch, Kenneth A. and Tamborini, Christopher R. and Reznik, Gayle and Phillips, John W. R., Divorce, Women's Earnings, and Retirement Over the Life Course (December 8, 2013). 2013. In Lifecycle Events and Their Consequences: Job loss, Family change, and Declines in Health. Chapter: 8, Stanford University Press, (Eds.) Couch K., Daly M.C, Zissimopoulos, J. pp.133-157. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2296581

Kenneth A. Couch

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Gayle Reznik

U.S. Social Security Administration ( email )

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John W. R. Phillips

National Institutes on Aging ( email )

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Bethesda, MD 20892
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