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When Marriage Ends

Economic and Social Consequences of Partnership Dissolution Edited by Hans-Jürgen Andreß, Professor of Social and Economic Research, University of Cologne, Germany and Dina Hummelsheim, Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany
In recent decades the probability of divorce and separation among married and cohabiting couples has increased significantly in most European countries. Focusing on both economic and social aspects, this comprehensive volume explores the consequences of partnership dissolution at the individual level. The contributors use personal characteristics, properties of the partnerships and the institutional context to explain coping behaviours.
Extent: 432 pp
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Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84844 193 4
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In recent decades the probability of divorce and separation among married and cohabiting couples has increased significantly in most European countries. Focusing on both economic and social aspects, this comprehensive volume explores the consequences of partnership dissolution at the individual level. The contributors use personal characteristics, properties of the partnerships and the institutional context to explain coping behaviours.

The book comprises reports on eight countries, which have tentatively been classified as: ‘the male breadwinner’ (Belgium and Germany), ‘the dual earner’ (Denmark, Finland and Sweden), ‘the market’ (Great Britain) and ‘the family’ model (Spain and Greece). It also contains four cross-national comparative studies addressing the wider impacts of divorce, including labour force participation, residential mobility and housing, household income, and poverty and lifestyle deprivation.

Complemented by the editors’ authoritative introduction, this timely study will prove invaluable to graduate students and researchers interested in the economics and sociology of the family. Legal and public policy practitioners will also find the book an insightful addition to the current literature.
‘When Marriage Ends offers a comprehensive and insightful contribution to the study of economic effects of divorce and it also contributes to the comparative study of family policies and family law regimes in Europe. The book can be recommended not only to students and researchers interested in family studies but also to legal and public policy practitioners.’
– Jana Chaloupková, Central European Journal of Public Policy

‘This is a double-faced book, which should be read by everybody who is concerned about the societal effects of divorce. It shows that divorce has negative economic and social consequences, not only in the Anglo-Saxon countries, but also in the most generous welfare states of Europe, where divorce is widely accepted. Moreover, these effects are more negative for women than for men, even in the most gender-equalitarian welfare state. But it also shows that social policies can mitigate these negative consequences.’
– Jaap Dronkers, European University Institute, Italy
Contributors: A. Aassve, H.-J. Andreß, G. Betti, B. Borgloh, M. Bröckel, C. Dewilde, L. Flaquer, A. Garriga, M. Gießelmann, H. Hiilamo, D. Hummelsheim, M.A. Hussain, O. Kangas, S. Mazzuco, L. Mencarini, D. Mortelmans, P. Raeymaeckers, W. Sigle-Rushton, L. Snoeckx, H. Stier, H. Symeonidou, W. Uunk, M. van Damme
Contents:

Introduction: Economic and Social Consequences of Partnership Dissolution – What do we Know and What are we Looking For?
Hans-Jürgen Andreß and Dina Hummelsheim

PART I: THEORETICAL, METHODOLOGICAL AND MEASUREMENT ISSUES
1. Conceptualization and Measurements of Institutional Contexts: A Review
Haya Stier

PART II: SINGLE COUNTRY STUDIES
2. Germany: Will the Male Breadwinner Model Survive?
Dina Hummelsheim

3. Belgium: Economic Hardship Despite Elaborate Childcare and Leave Time Programmes
Dimitri Mortelmans, Laurent Snoeckx and Peter Raeymaeckers

4. New Holes in the Safety Net? Economic and Social Consequences of Divorce in Denmark
M. Azhar Hussain and Olli Kangas

5. Divergences in the Nordic Model: Economic Consequences of Partnership Dissolution in Sweden and Finland
Heikki Hiilamo

6. Great Britain: ‘Things Can Only Get Better…’
Wendy Sigle-Rushton

7. Marital Disruption in Spain: Class Selectivity and Deterioration of Economic Conditions
Lluís Flaquer and Anna Garriga

8. Low Divorce Incidence in Greece: Facts and Figures
Haris Symeonidou

PART III: COMPARATIVE STUDIES
9. Female-Supportive Policies and Women’s Employment After Divorce
Maike van Damme and Wilfred Uunk

10. Divorce and Housing: A European Comparison of the Housing Consequences of Divorce for Men and Women
Caroline Dewilde

11. The Economic Consequences of Partnership Dissolution: A Comparative Analysis of Panel Studies from Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Sweden
Hans-Jürgen Andreß, Barbara Borgloh, Miriam Bröckel, Marco Gießelmann and Dina Hummelsheim

12. Marital Disruption and Economic Well-being: Poverty, Income and Lifestyle Deprivation
Arnstein Aassve, Gianni Betti, Stefano Mazzuco and Letizia Mencarini

PART IV: CONCLUSION
13. When Marriage Ends: Results and Conclusions
Hans-Jürgen Andreß and Dina Hummelsheim

PART V: DATA APPENDIX

Index