Single Mothers and Poverty in Japan: The Role of Living Arrangements





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Published on May 4, 2014

Lecture Date: April 10, 2014
Speaker: James Raymo, Professor, Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

We use multiple rounds of a large national survey between 1986-2007 to evaluate the extent to which income sharing via intergenerational coresidence limits poverty among single mothers in Japan. Results indicate that official poverty rates based on single-mother households overstate the economic disadvantage of single mothers by 10-20 per cent by excluding those who are coresiding with parents. We also find that the rise in single parenthood accounts for most of the difference in poverty among mothers between 1986 and 2007 and that shared income is the most important factor in limiting poverty among single mothers living with parents.

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