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From Work to Retirement: Tracking Changes in Women's Poverty Status

(Institute for Women's Policy Research and AARP's Public Policy Institute, February 2008)

This study examines the extent and possible causes of women's poverty as they move from midlife into their retirement years. The study traces how changes in women's major life course characteristics -- such as marital status, labor force status, and health status -- influence the risk of poverty as they move to pre-retirement, early retirement, and then to late retirement years.