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High-Earnings by Women Affecting Marriages

By Gordon Law Offices  Jul. 23, 2013 9:53a

A research paper published by three economists from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business shows evidence that old-fashioned concepts about who should earn the most money in the household is affecting modern-day marriages. The research paper indicates that most husbands applaud their wives' efforts to bring in extra income given the economic demands facing most families. When women bring in more income than their husbands, however, it flies against the role that most men see for themselves as the primary breadwinner. This concept of gender identity affects marriages negatively. It also affects the choices men and women make about whom they should marry and whether or not they should stay married or get a divorce.

The number of couples who marry or stay together declines sharply at the point where the woman earns more than half of the household income, according to these economic researchers. In the last four decades, earnings for women have risen even though their incomes continue to be less than their male counterparts. Pew Research recently reported in a study that in 15 percent of married households with children, women provide more than half of the income. In 1960, that figure was only 3.5 percent.

The economists' study found that in marriages where the woman earns more than half of the household income, both partners were less satisfied with the situation. These cases had a higher risk of divorce. The researchers found that the divorce rate rose by half in couples where the wife earned more than the husband.

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