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Risk of divorce pushes women to work longer hours, claims new research

Study by LSE focuses on women’s responses to increased risk of divorce

New research conducted by Dr Berkay Özcan of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) claims that an increased risk of divorce pushes women to work longer hours outside the home. By contrast the research did not prove any connection between men increasing their work hours and the elevated risk of divorce.

The research has been published in the latest issue of European Economic Review and summarised on New Europe online. It was conducted in the Republic of Ireland where divorce was legalised in 1996.

Dr Özcan commented:

"We see that women who are at a higher risk of divorce significantly increase how much they work. And it isn't that women working outside the home are more likely to get divorced. Rather, faced with a rising probability of divorce, women work more, whether they ultimately separate or not. They are working as a form of insurance in case of divorce or in anticipation of it."

A summary of the research can be found here.