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


Sefton, Tom, Falkingham, Jane and Evandrou, Maria (2009) The relationship between women’s work histories and incomes in later life in the UK, US and West Germany. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 27pp. (Centre for Research on Ageing Discussion Paper, (0706) ).

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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

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: Also published as London School of Economics Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion Discussion Paper 137
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Keywords: comparative, older women, pensions, work history, life course
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 71131
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:50
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/71131

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