UNCERTAINTY IN THE LIFE COURSE CAUSED BY DIVORCE AT LATER AGE
Twenty years ago, most people reaching age 50 had experience of just one union and celebrated their 50th birthday with their partner as part of a married couple with children. Today, the partnership trajectories of the large baby-boom cohorts who reached age 50 in the 21st century are much more diverse. With the increase in non-marital cohabitation in the 1970s, fewer couples married. Separation and repartnering also became more frequent. Theses marital transitions at later ages may affect the last part the lifecourse by making much more uncertain many aspects of life.
Using several data sources (several surveys, administrative data and census), I first document the changes in marital life course between cohorts and between men and women in France over time and the recent increase in divorces at later ages called “grey divorces”. Then I will present the economic consequences of separation at later ages for men and women and the possible recovering mechanisms such as repartnering.