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The Effect of Survivors’ Benefits on Poverty and Health Status of Widowed Women: A Turkish Case Study

Giovanis, Eleftherios and Ozdamar, Oznur (2016): The Effect of Survivors’ Benefits on Poverty and Health Status of Widowed Women: A Turkish Case Study. Published in: Journal of Applied Economics and Business Research , Vol. 6, No. 3 (September 2016): pp. 232-250.

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Abstract

This study examines the effects of survivor benefits on widowed women’s’ health status and wealth using the Income and Living Conditions Survey (ILCS) in Turkey during the period 2006-2012. A structural Equation Modelling (SEM) is applied, where the causal assumptions from survivor benefits on health and wealth are tested. The results show that those who claim the survivor benefits report a higher health status level by 0.11 units the scale from 1 to 5 than widowed mothers that do not receive the benefits. Examining the sample of those who receive the survivor benefits, a 1 per cent increase in the survivor benefits results to a 2 per cent reduction in poverty.

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