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The theory that marriage has protective effects for survival has itself lived for more than 100 years since Durkheim's groundbreaking study of suicide (Durkheim 1951 [1897]). Investigations of differences in this protective effect by gender, by age, and in contrast to different unmarried statuses, however, have yielded inconsistent conclusions. These(More)
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OBJECTIVE Many single mothers are likely to face special economic challenges in old age, because they often have limited employment histories and cannot rely on husbands for financial support. This article examines the economic status of these women in later life. METHODS The analysis uses nationally representative data from the Health and Retirement(More)
Melissa Favreault and Austin Nichols are senior research associates at the Urban Institute. The research reported here was performed pursuant to a grant from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) funded as part of the Retirement Research Consortium (RRC). The opinions and conclusion expressed are solely those of the authors and do not represent the(More)
The distribution of Social Security payroll taxes and benefits has changed dramatically over the past three decades, largely because of increasing dispersion in earnings. Earnings have increased particularly rapidly for the very highest earners (e. This dispersion affects financing and distributions for the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance(More)
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The opinions and conclusions are solely those of the authors and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of SSA or any agency of the Federal Government or of the CRR. The authors gratefully acknowledge Kalman Rupp, Minh Huyhn, and Jim Sears for allowing us to use the 1997 SSI Financial Eligibility Model, and Kalman Rupp and Sheila(More)
The opinions and conclusions are solely those of the authors and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of the Social Security Administration or any agency of the Federal Government, or the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The opinions and conclusions expressed in this report likewise do not represent the views of(More)
Assessing the New Federalism project, a multiyear effort to monitor and assess the devolution of social programs from the federal to the state and local levels. Alan Weil is the project director. The project analyzes changes in income support, social services, and health programs. In collaboration with Child Trends, the project studies child and family(More)