Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/160821
Authors: 
Siegenthaler, Jürg K.
Year of Publication: 
1996
Series/Report no.: 
LIS Working Paper Series 149
Abstract: 
Comparisons of the economic position of single older women in various industrialized countries have shown substantial differences, especially regarding the proportion of widows, divorcees, and never-married women experiencing poverty. This review aims at a comparative assessment of existing studies that have examined these differences, focusing on six nations: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. The review also encompasses relevant comparative benefit studies and probes into the institutional arrangements of old-age security schemes in each country that may explain higher or lower poverty rates for women aged 65 or over who are on their own.
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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