Women's incomes over a synthetic lifetime

Heather Joshi and Hugh Davies

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:
Women's incomes over a synthetic lifetime

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This chapter discusses the effect of differences in the levels of skills, education and childbearing on the lifetime earnings of women in partnerships in the UK. Using simulated data for the earnings of couples, and making assumptions about gender roles, the chapter shows that women with higher skill levels are able to maintain levels of lifetime earnings approaching those of men whether or not these women have children. On the other hand, women with lower skill levels have the tendency to face lower lifetime earnings than men, specifically if they have children. This has serious implications for women's financial well-being if they face marital and relationship dissolution.

Keywords: effect of differences; levels of skills; education; childbearing; lifetime earnings; women in partnerships; UK

Chapter.  7601 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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