Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/183174
Authors: 
Foster, Gigi
Stratton, Leslie S.
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper 259
Abstract: 
Using Bertrand, Kamenica and Pan’s (2015) original data, we find that female breadwinning is significantly associated with partnership problems only for older women in cross sections, but for younger ones in fixed-effects specifications. In more recent US and Australian data, female breadwinning is associated with a modestly higher dissolution risk and a fall in some measures of reported relationship quality, but mainly for young people in cohabiting partnerships and men in less educated partnerships. We suggest our results reflect changing norms plus market dynamics arising from the ease of access to superior partnership alternatives for women who out-earn their partners.
Subjects: 
Social Norms
Gender
Separation and Divorce
Cohabitation
Satisfaction
JEL: 
J12
J16
I31
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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