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dc.contributor.authorBloemen, Hans G.en_US
dc.contributor.authorStancanelli, Elena G. F.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-09-17en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T11:35:49Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T11:35:49Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-20080421121en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/35289-
dc.description.abstractThis paper is focused on couple households where the wife is the main earner. The economic literature on this subject is particularly scant. According to our estimates, the wife was the main earner in one of every six couple households in France in 2002, including wife-sole-earner households. The proportion of wives outearning their husbands was 18% for dual-earners. About 24% of American women in dual-earner households earned more than their husband in 2004. Using a model of household labour supply behaviour, we show that households where the wife is the main earner may come about either because the husband has a weaker preference for work than his wife, due possibly to her high wage, or because he is hit by adverse circumstances, such as, for example, a decline in the demand for men with his particular qualifications. Positive assortative mating may also come into play. Our empirical model specifies spouse labour-market participation equations within each household, endogenizing wages and allowing for random effects and correlations in spouses' unobservables. We conclude that the determinants of wife-sole-earner households are quite distinct from those for dual-earner households where she outearns him. The probability of observing the first seems to be more related to labour market difficulties of the husband, while the latter is not. Dual-earners where she outearns him are more likely to be found among higher educated couples, and especially, among couple where the wife's education level is high.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 3455en_US
dc.subject.jelD1en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordMarriageen_US
dc.subject.keywordwork behaviouren_US
dc.subject.keywordhousehold economicsen_US
dc.subject.stwEheen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsangeboten_US
dc.subject.stwFrauenerwerbstätigkeiten_US
dc.subject.stwHaushaltsökonomiken_US
dc.subject.stwTheorieen_US
dc.subject.stwFrankreichen_US
dc.titleModelling the employment and wage outcomes of spouses: is she outearning him?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn56478592Xen_US
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