Repartnering of Women: The Role of Economic Hardship and Vulnerability

Nicoletta Balbo, Bocconi University
Alessandro Di Nallo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Katya Ivanova, University of Amsterdam

We examine how women’s economic conditions are related to their behaviours on the repartnering market in the United States. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, we address whether women’s socio-economic status is predictive of the probability of repartnering, if it is associated with a new partner’s socio-economic status, and if the socio-economic level of the ex-partner matters for whom they repartner with. We address whether women’s repartnering behaviours change under conditions of need and vulnerability, namely when they have children or the economic cycle is negative.

Presented in Session 71: Post-Separation Life Courses

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