Discussion paper

DP303 The Duration of Lone Parenthood in Britain

We model duration of lone parenthood among previously married British mothers. Using a proportional hazards model and demographic and employment history data from the 1980 Women and Employment Survey we investigate how the duration of lone parenthood varies with a number of characteristics of a woman and her family. In particular, we find that lone mothers with a job are likely to remain lone parents longer, as are women who worked in a manual job before becoming a mother. In contrast, being employed in the year prior to marital dissolution has the opposite effect. There is no evidence that higher welfare benefits prolong the length of lone parenthood.


Ermisch, J and R Wright (1989), ‘DP303 The Duration of Lone Parenthood in Britain‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 303. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp303