Christine Schwartz on Women Who Earn More Than Their Husbands

Christine Schwartz’s 2016 paper on women’s earning power and divorce was cited in the recent New York Times piece “When Wives Earn More than Husbands, Neither Partner Likes to Admit It.” The Times article explored new Census Bureau research that found in opposite-sex marriages, women who earned more than their husbands reported earning less while husbands claimed to earn more than they actually did. The census researchers concluded that social norms, in this case that men should earn more than women, affected answers to survey questions.