Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/183429
Authors: 
Bjuggren, Carl Magnus
Henrekson, Magnus
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper No. 1200
Publisher: 
Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm
Abstract: 
This paper investigates career choices of women who marry high-income men. We find that women married to men in the top of the income distribution are more likely to enter self-employment, which is also associated with a lower income. This can be interpreted as a career choice that produces a more flexible work schedule in return for lower income. In a Nordic welfare state where work is the norm for women, self-employment offers a way to avoid the stay-at-home stigma. It allows one to stay in the workforce while enjoying approval from society and being in control of one's work schedule and personal demands.
Subjects: 
Career choice
Entrepreneurship
Marriage
Self-employment
Women
JEL: 
J16
J12
J13
J22
L26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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