Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2018

Degree Type

Honors Thesis


International Studies

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

First Advisor

Brian Dowd-Uribe

Second Advisor

Yaniv Stopinsky

Third Advisor

Elizabeth Katz


This thesis addresses the gender inequalities produced in pension systems in Latin America, discusses pension reform, and specifically describes gender inequalities that exist for divorced women, and the relationship between divorce and pensions.This topic is important in the discussion in analyzing pension reform in Latin America, as well as analyzing the nuanced degrees of inequalities present for women in Latin America. It is crucial to understand this relationship, in order to address gender inequality as divorce rates continue to rise . To analyze this relationship,I looked at both qualitative and quantitative data.To start I examined the inequalities present within systems in Latin America. Qualitatively I examined literature on the history of pension systems and their reforms, as well as examined existing research on economics and divorce behaviors and divorce rates.Quantitatively I found divorce rates during the times of reform.From this analysis,I was able to conclude that divorced women are more vulnerable financially as they age, and that economic policies like pensions have an influential relationship on divorce behavior. However, I am unable to report a direct correlation between divorce and pension reform.. Nonetheless, this relationship is still important to consider as Latin America develops . I encourage further research, as pension and divorce provide an interesting topic and insight on inequalities in Latin America, further research should be made to determine whether a direct correlation exists , and how specific policy influences women and inequality gaps..