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Recent Widowhood, Remarriage, and Changes in Economic Well-Being

Cathleen D. Zick and Ken R. Smith
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 50, No. 1 (Feb., 1988), pp. 233-244
DOI: 10.2307/352442
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352442
Page Count: 12
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Recent Widowhood, Remarriage, and Changes in Economic Well-Being
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Abstract

This research examines how changes in family composition due to the death of a spouse, and subsequent remarriage, affect economic status. The results of both descriptive analyses and a test of a simple multivariate model show that the death of a spouse translates into a substantial economic loss, particularly for widows. Furthermore, the economic gains for both widows and widowers who remarry are generally large compared to those of persons who remain widowed for at least five years. A key finding of this work is that the economic situations of the continuously widowed and the remarrying widowed differ markedly throughout their respective spells of widowhood.

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