The Scientific Study of People Who Are Single:
An Annotated Bibliography

Bella M. DePaulo
Chair, Academic Advisory Board of the Spectrum Institute
Research and Policy Division of the
American Association for Single People (AASP)

January 2, 2004


12. Beyond Psychology

Economic Issues

What are the economic consequences of divorce and are they especially dire for women? How important is poverty in accounting for children’s outcomes? What are the economic implications of staying single for women and for men? Are rates of poverty among the elderly changing and are the rates linked to civil status?

Adler, N. E., & Snibbe, A. C. (2003). The role of psychosocial processes in explaining the gradient between socioeconomic status and health. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12, 119-123.

Avellar, S., & Smock, P. J. (2003). Has the price of motherhood declined over time? A cross-cohort comparison of the motherhood wage penalty. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 597-607.

Braus, P. (1993). Sex and the single spender. American Demographics, 15, 28-34.

Cauthen, N. K., & Amenta, E. (1996). Not for widows only: Institutional politics and the formative years of Aid to Dependent Children. American Sociological Review, 61, 427-448.

Cherlin, A. J., Chase-Lansdale, P. L., & McRae, C. (1998). Effects of parental divorce on mental health throughout the life course. American Sociological Review, 63, 239-249.

Christopher, A. N., & Schlenker, B. R. (2000). The impact of perceived material wealth and perceiver personality on first impressions. Journal of Economic Psychology, 21, 1-19.

Coley, R. L. (2001). (In)visible men: Emerging research on low-income, unmarried, and minority fathers. American Psychologist, 56, 743-753.

Dixon, C. S., & Rettig, K. D. (1994). An examination of income adequacy for single women two years after divorce. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 22, 55-71.

Dolton, P. J., & Makepeace, G. H. (1987). Marital status, child rearing and earnings differentials in the graduate labour market. The Economic Journal, 97, 897-922.

Duncan, G. J., Yeung, W., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Smith, J. R. (1998). How much does childhood poverty affect the life chances of children? American Sociological Review, 63, 406-423.

Foster, E. M. (2002). How economists think about family resources and child development. Child Development, 73, 1904-1914.

Henretta, J. C., Grundy, E. Y., & Harris, S. (2001). Socioeconomic differences in having living parents and children: A U.S.-British comparison of middle-aged women. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 852-867.

Hoffman, S. D., & Duncan, G. J. (1988). What are the economic consequences of divorce? Demography, 25, 641-645.

Holden, K. C., & Smock, P. J. (1991). The economic costs of marital dissolution: Why do women bear a disproportionate cost? Annual Review of Sociology, 17, 51-78.

Keith, P. M., & Lorenz, F. O. (1989). Financial strain and health of unmarried older people. The Gerontologist, 29, 684-691.

May, M. (1987). The historical problem of the family wage: the Ford Motor Company and the five dollar day. In N. Gerstel & H. E. Gross (Eds.), Families and Work (pp.111-131). Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Morris, P. A., & Gennetian, L. A. (2003). Identifying the effects of income on children’s development using experimental data. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 716-729.

Oh, H. J. (2001). An exploration of the influence of household poverty spells on mortality risk. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 224-234.

Ono, H. (2003). Women’s economic standing, marriage timing, and cross-national contexts of gender. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 275-286.

Paulin, G., & Riordon, B. (1998, February). Making it on their own: the baby boom meets Generation X. Monthly Labor Review, 10-21.

Peterson, R. R. (1996). A re-evaluation of the economic consequences of divorce. American Sociological Review, 61, 528-536.

Peterson, R. R. (1996). Statistical errors, faulty conclusions, misguided policy: Reply to Weitzman. American Sociological Review, 61, 539-540.

Pinquart, M., & Sorensen, S. (2000). Influences of socioeconomic status, social network, and competence on subjective well-being in later life: A meta-analysis. Psychology and Aging, 15, 187-224.

Rogers, S. J., & DeBoer, D. D. (2001). Changes in wives’ income: Effects on marital happiness, psychological well-being, and the risk of divorce. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 458-472.

Seccombe, K. (2000). Families in poverty in the 1990s: Trends, causes, consequences, and lessons learned. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1094-1113.

Smock, P. J. (1993). The economic costs of marital disruption for young women over the past two decades. Demography, 30, 353-371.

Smock, P. J. (1994). Gender and the short-run economic consequences of marital disruption. Social Forces, 73, 243-262.

Smock, P. J., & Manning, W. D. (1997). Cohabiting partners’ economic circumstances and marriage. Demography, 34, 331-341.

Smock, P. J., Manning, W. D., & Gupta, S. (1999). The effect of marriage and divorce on women’s economic well-being. American Sociological Review, 64, 794-812.

South, S. J., & Crowder, K. D. (1999). Neighborhood effects on family formation: Concentrated poverty and beyond. American Sociological Review, 64, 113-132.

Tissue, T., & McCoy, J. L. (1981). Income and living arrangements among poor aged singles. Social Security Bulletin, 44, 3-13.

Twenge, J. M., & Campbell, W. K. (2002). Self-esteem and socioeconomic status: A meta-analytic review. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 6, 59-71.

Vartanian, T. P., & McNamara, J. M. (2002). Older women in poverty: The impact of midlife factors. Journal of Marriage and Family, 64, 532-548.

Waldfogel, J. (1997). The effect of children on women’s wages. American Sociological Review, 62, 209-217.

Weitzman, L. J. (1996). The economic consequences of divorce are still unequal: Comment on Peterson. American Sociological Review, 61, 537-538.

White, L., & Rogers, S. J. (2000). Economic circumstances and family outcomes: A review of the 1990s. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1035-1051.

Wilmoth, J., & Koso, G. (2002). Does marital history matter? Marital status and wealth outcomes among preretirement adults. Journal of Marriage and Family, 64, 254-268.

Yeung, W. J., Linver, M. R., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2002). How money matters for young children’s development: Parental investment and family processes. Child Development, 73, 1861-1879.


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