Title
Repartnering and (re)employment: strategies to cope with the economic consequences of partnership dissolution Repartnering and (re)employment: strategies to cope with the economic consequences of partnership dissolution
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
Minneapolis, Minn ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Journal of marriage and the family. - Minneapolis, Minn
Volume/pages
71(2009) :5 , p. 1271-1293
ISSN
0022-2445
ISI
000272344500011
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The economic consequences of a partnership dissolution have been described consistently in the research literature. For women all studies indicate severe financial losses, whereas men do not experience income decreases to the same extent. This article focuses on the 2 main strategies to cope with the economic consequences of a separation: repartnering and (re)employment. Using the European Community Household Panel Study we analyzed a sample of 66,292 individuals observed in a relationship of whom 4,925 subsequently separated and assessed the (relative) effect of both strategies in a cross-national longitudinal perspective. Where men do not benefit financially from cohabiting with a new partner, repartnering proves to outweigh the benefits of reentering the labor force or increasing the working hours for most women. This especially applies to mothers.
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