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Remarital Chances, Choices, and Economic Consequences: Issues of Social and Personal Welfare
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare
  • Kevin Shafer, Brigham Young University
  • Todd M. Jensen, Brigham Young University
Publication Date
2013
Abstract

Many divorced women experience a significant decline in financial, social, physical, and psychological well-being following a divorce. Using data from the NLSY79 (n= 2,520) we compare welfare recipients, mothers, and impoverished women to less marginalized divorcees on remarriage chances. Furthermore, we look at the kinds of men these women marry by focusing on the employment and education of new spouses. Finally, we address how remarriage and spousal quality (as defined by education and employment) impact economic well-being after divorce. Our results show that remarriage has positive economic effects, but that is dependent upon spousal quality. However, such matches are rare among divorced women with children and in poverty. The implications of our results for social welfare issues are discussed.

Citation Information
Kevin Shafer and Todd M. Jensen. "Remarital Chances, Choices, and Economic Consequences: Issues of Social and Personal Welfare" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kevin-shafer/6/