Skip to content

Research Paper Working Papers of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change 97-04

Marital splits and income changes: evidence for Britain

Authors

Publication date

01 Apr 1997

Abstract

We provide new evidence about what happens to people's incomes when their or their parents' marital union dissolves, using longitudinal data from waves 1-4 of the British Household Panel Survey. Marital splits are associated with substantial declines in real income for separating wives and children on average, whereas separating husbands' real income on average changes much less. Results are shown to be robust to the choice of income definition and degree of economies of scale built into the household equivalence scale, and are validated with information about respondents' assessments of how their personal financial circumstances changed. In addition we analyse the extent to which the welfare state mitigates the size of the income loss for women and children relative to men, and document the changes in social assistance benefit receipt and paid work, and maintenance income receipt and payment.

Subjects

Households, Family Formation And Dissolution, and Income Dynamics

Notes

working paper

#494797


Research home

Research home

News

Latest findings, new research

Publications search

Search all research by subject and author

Podcasts

Researchers discuss their findings and what they mean for society

Projects

Background and context, methods and data, aims and outputs

Events

Conferences, seminars and workshops

Survey methodology

Specialist research, practice and study

Taking the long view

ISER's annual report

Themes

Key research themes and areas of interest