The Effect of Survivors’ Benefits on Poverty and Health Status of Widowed Women: A Turkish Case Study
Journal of Applied Economics and Business Research, 6(3), 232-250, 2016
22 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2019
Date Written: September 30, 2016
This study examines the effects of survivor benefits on widowed women’s’ health status and wealth using the Income and Living Conditions Survey (ILCS) in Turkey during the period 2006-2012. A structural Equation Modelling (SEM) is applied, where the causal assumptions from survivor benefits on health and wealth are tested. The results show that those who claim the survivor benefits report a higher health status level by 0.11 units the scale from 1 to 5 than widowed mothers that do not receive the benefits. Examining the sample of those who receive the survivor benefits, a 1 per cent increase in the survivor benefits results to a 2 per cent reduction in poverty.
Keywords: Health status, Poverty, Structural equation modeling, Survivor benefits, Widowed mothers
JEL Classification: C3, I38
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