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Gender inequality in poverty in affluent nations: the role of single motherhood and the state

Karen Christopher, Paula England, Sara McLanahan, Katherin Ross and Timothy M. Smeeding

in Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations (Revised 2nd Edition)

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301738 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861342539.003.0009
Gender inequality in poverty in affluent nations: the role of single motherhood and the state

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This chapter compares modern nations in the dimension of female poverty. The Luxembourg Income Study is used to compare the poverty rates of men and women living in eight Western industrialised countries circa the early 1990s. The chapter provides a particular set of criteria that signify the type of people who are considered ‘in poverty’, and examines the ratio of men's to women's poverty rate. It uses simple demographic simulation methods in order to estimate how this gender disparity is affected by the prevalence of single motherhood. The guiding framework used in the chapter is emphasised by a web of interdependencies, such as the reliance some individuals have on others.

Keywords: female poverty; poverty rates; demographic simulation methods; gender disparity; single motherhood; web of interdependencies

Chapter.  8548 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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