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The financial consequences of relationship dissolution for women in Western Europe<sup>1</sup>

Caroline Dewilde

in The gender dimension of social change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9781861343321
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343321.003.0005
The financial consequences of relationship dissolution for women in Western Europe1

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This chapter focuses on the financial consequences of relationship dissolution on women. It links cross-national variations to the types of welfare regimes in the countries of Europe by using data from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP). The chapter begins by providing a review of the literature on the financial consequences of family breakdown, with particular focus on women's vulnerability to partnership dissolution. Next, the chapter links the financial consequences of relationship dissolution to the source of economic independence that are available to women such as access to labour market and availability of welfare transfers. The chapter then tests the validity of four ‘worlds’ of welfare by adding some additional indicators referring to the sources of economic independence available to women who are in the midst of relationship dissolution. The chapter then provides an actual analysis, focusing on five countries: Denmark, UK, Belgium, Germany and Italy. These countries are chosen based on their different positions on welfare regime typology. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the results.

Keywords: financial consequences; relationship dissolution; women; economic independence; labour market; welfare transfers; Europe

Chapter.  12174 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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