Introduction: This paper examines the post-separation income of Danish women in comparison with the post separation income of women in Germany, France and the UK. Women do significantly better in Denmark post-separation than under the other three social welfare models. Women do equally poorly under the conservative model of Germany and the liberal model of the UK as well as the mixed model of France. This outcome requires an in depth analysis of how the Danish model works to better protect post separation women.
The European Union (EU) goal of gender equality has largely focused on questions of employment and discrimination in and outside of the workforce. This paper will add another issue to the discussion of gender equality that of the economic consequences of divorce and separation. Gender equality in this research is measured by comparing the pre and post separation household equivalent income of the woman to the pre and post separation household equivalent income of the man; household equivalent income is the household income adjusted for household composition..
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