Workshop on the economic and social consequences of partnership dissolution
Fellows Prof. Dr. H.J. Andreß
Description Rising divorce rates in all industrialised countries call for a better understanding of the economic and social consequences of partnership dissolution for men, women, and their dependent children. By economic and social consequences we mean each individualís occupation, income, housing conditions, unemployment and dependency on social welfare. During this workshop these consequences shall be analyzed by demographers, sociologists, and political scientists from different countries. This interdisciplinary and comparative approach opens up new research possibilities that have not yet been adequately tackled in the literature. More specifically, the workshop addresses the question of whether and how the institutional context of the nation state frames individual consequences of separation and divorce. It makes a difference, for example, whether the institutional setting encourages womenís labour force participation, whether the labour market provides enough opportunities for gainful employment of both genders, whether state and legal system offer rights and financial support for dependent family members, and how the kinship network operates in case of partnership failure. More generally speaking, a basic premise of the workshop is that the national configuration of family, market, and state institutions moderates the economic and social effects of partnership dissolution.

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Funding The workshop is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) in the context of the project "The economic risks of separation and divorce: a comparison of countries"
Location and Date Cologne, December 2nd-3rd, 2005, WiSo Building Room 20
Programme Download (PDF) (updated version)