The brief’s key findings are:
- Since the mid-1990s, the poverty rate for widows has dropped sharply.
- Potential reasons include rising levels of education and work experience for women generally and a higher marriage rate among women with more education.
- The findings show that, so far, the drop in widows’ poverty has primarily been driven by the general increase in women’s education and work experience.
- Going forward, the poverty rate should continue to fall not only because of education and work patterns but also because of marriage selection.
- Despite the progress, widows will remain at greater risk of poverty than married women.