For Richer Or For Poorer: Working Spouses And Labor Inequality

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Executive Summary

Since the 1960s, have married women increased their participation in the labor force to compensate for the decline in employment and disappointing earnings growth of their husbands? Are married men working less today because their wives are working more? This paper examines differing levels of men's income, rather than wages and earnings in the aggregate, tends to negate the theory that the two trends are strongly related.

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