The economic environment and entry to single parenthood in Great Britain
The study1 estimates a hazard-rate model of the socio-economic factors influencing the risk of entering single parenthood among British women, through pre-marital births to never-married women. Higher welfare benefits and higher unemployment levels moderately increase the likelihood of a pre-marital birth. The male - female wage ratio has little impact. The facts of being in education or employment are associated with a lower risk of a pre-marital birth among this group of women. This suggests that flows into single parenthood 'select' women in poorer economic circumstances.