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Lifecycle Events and Their ConsequencesJob Loss, Family Change, and Declines in Health$
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Kenneth A. Couch, Mary C. Daly, and Julie M. Zissimopoulos

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785853

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785853.001.0001

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

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

(p.133) Chapter Eight Divorce, Women's Earnings, and Retirement over the Life Course
Lifecycle Events and Their Consequences

Kenneth A. Couch

Christopher R. Tamborini

Gayle L. Reznik

John W. R. Phillips

Stanford University Press

The authors of this chapter examine the impact of divorce and remarriage on labor supply and Social Security retirement benefits among women. The results show that women who divorce and never remarry significantly increase their labor supply, and thus earnings, and retire later than women who are continuously married or remarry after divorce. Taking spouses into account reveals that total Social Security retirement benefits flowing to the households of women who experienced a divorce and never remarried are much lower compared to those who either remarried or were continuously married.

Keywords:   marriage, divorce, labor supply, Social Security, retirement benefits

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