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Koen Vleminckx and Timothy M. Smeeding

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342539

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342539.001.0001

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

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

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(p.198) (p.199) Eight Gender inequality in poverty in affluent nations: the role of single motherhood and the state
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Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations (Revised 2nd Edition)
Author(s):

Karen Christopher

Paula England

Sara McLanahan

Katherin Ross

Timothy M. Smeeding

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342539.003.0009

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

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