Inequalities in poverty and income between single mothers and fathers

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    A recent study by Kramer and colleagues explored income disparity and poverty status between single mothers and fathers. Although informative, explanatory variables in the analysis were all statistically significant, perhaps due to the large sample sizes, 219,743 for 1990, 273,463 for 2000, and 59,099 for 2010. The current study used data from the 2011 and 2013 Panel Study of Income Dynamics (N = 1,135). Bivariate analyses showed that taxable income, total income, and poverty status were higher for single fathers than mothers, while non-work income was higher for single mothers than fathers, consistent with Kramer and colleagues. Unlike Kramer et al., an improved model specification showed that only gender, age, marital status, years of experience, and geographic region had effects on taxable income, and only gender, marital status, and region had effects on poverty status. The impact of sample size and choice of predictors should be considered in the evaluation of income and poverty in single parenthood.

Update Metadata: 2019-10-04 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-10-04