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Terry-Ann Craigie

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The relationship between single-motherhood and the gender earnings gap has been well documented from the perspective of the United States, while few studies have examined this relationship from a cross-national perspective, and none have directly examined the affect of the gender earnings gap on single-motherhood. Therefore, this study adds to the literature by examining how the gender earnings ratio affects the prevalence of single-motherhood in France, the Netherlands, and Georgia. I hypothesize that a decreasing gender earnings gap increases the odds of a woman entering never-married single-motherhood. Using data from the Gender and Generations Programme for women aged 18-79 from two survey waves, I analyze the pooled and cross-national affects of the gender earnings gap on never-married single-motherhood. The results indicate that increasing gender earnings equality is correlated with the odds of never-married single-motherhood, but that the sign of the affect varies depending on the size of the ratio and the welfare and social climate of each country.



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