Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS)

AMCIS Seminar: Mind the Gap by Wendy Sigle (LSE)

Variations by maternal nativity in the health

07Dec2017 13:00 - 14:00


Using data from the British Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), Wendy Sigle examines how and why the health benefits of having two biological parents in a stable, marital relationship vary by maternal nativity, taking into account differences by country origin.

Making novel use of Classification and Regression Tree (CART) methods, we demonstrate that marriage is not a uniform marker of economic advantage and better health-related behaviors across four maternal nativity and ethnic groups. The findings, which suggest that the health-related benefits of marriage are not uniform across nativity and ethnic groups, have implications for future research on family gaps in well-being and the socioeconomic determinants of health.

About Wendy Sigle

Wendy Sigle is Professor of Gender and Family Studies at the Department of Gender Studies in the London School of Economics. Sigle is an economic demographer and has worked on a variety of issues related to child fostering, child health and single parenthood in both historical and contemporary societies. Her recent publications have focused on the potential impact of proposed welfare reform policies in the US and the living arrangements of new parents. Her current research interests include the social networks and social isolation of young adults who have been in care as children or who became young parents, with a particular emphasis on the differences by gender. She has also carried out comparative work on lifetime gender and motherhood gaps in pay and on policies that attempt to address work life balance.

Location: REC-B2.03 (lunch is provided)

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