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CASE Paper
Women’s family histories and incomes in later life in the UK, US and West Germany
Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham and Tom Sefton June 2009
Paper No' CASE/138:
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JEL Classification: H55; I38


Tags: comparative; older women; pensions; work history; life course

Using data from several large scale longitudinal surveys, this paper investigates the relationship between older women’s families histories and their personal incomes in later life in the UK, US and West Germany, By comparing three countries with very different welfare regimes, we seek to gain a better understanding of the interaction between the life course, pension system and women’s incomes in later life. We conclude with a brief discussion of the ‘women-friendliness’ of different pension regimes in the light of our analysis.