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Research Paper CASEpapers CASE/137

The relationship between women's work histories and incomes in later life in the UK, US and West Germany

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Publication date

01 Jun 2009

Abstract

Using data from several large scale longitudinal surveys, this paper investigates the relationship between older women s personal incomes and their work histories in the UK, 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. The association between older women s incomes and work histories is strongest in West Germany and weakest in the UK, where there is evidence of a pensions poverty trap and where only predominantly full-time employment is associated with significantly higher incomes in later life, after controlling for other socio-economic characteristics. Work history matters less for widows (in all three countries) and more for younger birth cohorts and more educated women (UK only). We conclude with a brief discussion of the ?women-friendliness of different pension regimes in the light of our analysis.

Subjects

Older People, Pensions, and Income Dynamics

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http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/publications/casepapers.asp

Notes

discussion paper


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  1. The relationship between women's work histories and incomes in later life in the UK, US and West Germany

    Tom Sefton, Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, et al.

    1. Older People
    2. Pensions
    3. Income Dynamics

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