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IFS/STICERD/UCL Development Work in Progress Seminar

Surviving Loss: Spousal Death and Coping Strategies in Thai Rural Areas

Saisawat Samutpradit (UCL/University of Tokyo)

Thursday 26 October 2023 13:00 - 14:00

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About this event

This study investigates the impact of spousal death in rural areas of Thailand, in contrast to literature that often focuses on more developed societies with complete public insurance coverage. We found widow households could maintain the same level of consumption with only a temporary decline in savings. They achieved this by taking over the household business and receiving support from children and other relatives who moved in to assist, with the responsibility falling on daughters rather than sons. On the contrary, widowers withdrew from the labor force after the death of their wives. The difference in responses could be explained by the income gain to the remaining household members. Widows also experienced a rise in gift income and a decrease in public transfer.

This seminar series is jointly organized by the IFS, STICERD, and UCL.

IFS/STICERD/UCL Development Economics Work In Progress seminars are held on Thursdays in term time at 13:00-14:00, at the IFS, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar organisers: Oriana Bandiera (STICERD, LSE), Imran Rasul (UCL), Britta Augsburg (IFS) and Jonathan Weigel (LSE).

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