Family history and pensions: The relationships between marriage, divorce, children, and private pension coverage

Scott T. Yabiku

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This article examines how family history affects the odds of private pension receipt and how these effects vary by sex. Analyses indicated that family history had opposite effects for men and women. Compared to continuously married men, men who were single or divorced had lower odds of pension receipt; having children was associated with higher odds. For women, being single or divorced was associated with higher odds of pension receipt, and having children decreased their odds. After reanalyzing the effects of family history in the context of couples' joint pension receipt, the negative association between pension receipt and children becomes insignificant for women, and being single, divorced, or widowed has negative effects for both men and women. These results suggest that if individuals stay together as a couple, they increase their chances of access to a pension and financial well-being during retirement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-312
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy

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