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The dissolution of first unions and women’s economic activity in the UK

The dissolution of first unions and women’s economic activity in the UK
The dissolution of first unions and women’s economic activity in the UK
This study investigates whether there is an association between economic activity in women and union dissolution in the UK. This study looks at both individual-level and aggregate-level trends by posing a number of research questions. Using a series of Cox Proportional Hazard and Piecewise Constant models to analyse individual-level data from the British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society surveys, this study has found only weak and inconsistent evidence of an association between women’s economic activity and union dissolution. Examining these data for separate union cohorts, this study has found some initial evidence that the relationship between economic activity and union dissolution may be changing over time. The final stage of the analysis in this study looked at aggregate trends in economic activity and divorce and found some evidence of an association at the aggregate level, although due to data restrictions this was not conclusive. Following a discussion of the changing status of women and the changing legal, social and cultural context within which unions are formed and dissolved, this study concluded more evidence is found for an association at the aggregate level, leading to the hypothesis that economic activity is contributing to wider social changes and that these social changes are influencing the risk of union dissolution.
Wiltshire, Deborah Ann
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Wiltshire, Deborah Ann
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Hinde, Peter
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Ni Bhrolchain, Maire
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(2013) The dissolution of first unions and women’s economic activity in the UK. University of Southampton, Social Sciences, Doctoral Thesis, 251pp.

Record type: Thesis (Doctoral)

Abstract

This study investigates whether there is an association between economic activity in women and union dissolution in the UK. This study looks at both individual-level and aggregate-level trends by posing a number of research questions. Using a series of Cox Proportional Hazard and Piecewise Constant models to analyse individual-level data from the British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society surveys, this study has found only weak and inconsistent evidence of an association between women’s economic activity and union dissolution. Examining these data for separate union cohorts, this study has found some initial evidence that the relationship between economic activity and union dissolution may be changing over time. The final stage of the analysis in this study looked at aggregate trends in economic activity and divorce and found some evidence of an association at the aggregate level, although due to data restrictions this was not conclusive. Following a discussion of the changing status of women and the changing legal, social and cultural context within which unions are formed and dissolved, this study concluded more evidence is found for an association at the aggregate level, leading to the hypothesis that economic activity is contributing to wider social changes and that these social changes are influencing the risk of union dissolution.

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Published date: July 2013
Organisations: University of Southampton, Social Statistics & Demography

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Local EPrints ID: 366486
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/366486
PURE UUID: f649e724-ef50-4380-ad45-d2d0a6f3ae62
ORCID for Peter Hinde: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8909-9152

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Date deposited: 15 Oct 2014 11:55
Last modified: 04 Jun 2019 00:38

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Author: Deborah Ann Wiltshire
Thesis advisor: Peter Hinde ORCID iD
Thesis advisor: Maire Ni Bhrolchain

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