Marriage: Are the economics of marriage changing? you’re married, is your income more or less than your spouse’s? Who has a higher level of formal education? Answers to these questions are changing in America.

INCOME: A growing minority of wives earn more than their husbands. In 1970, only 4% of husbands had wives who made more money than they did. This is shifting over time, according to analyses by the Pew Research Center. Women have experienced faster earnings growth than men over the past decades. Now, 22% of husbands have wives who make more money than they do

EDUCATION: Now, a little over half of married women have the same levels of education as husbands. That hasn’t changed over time. In 1970, it was 52%. Now, it’s 53%. However—changes have occurred for marriages where there are differences in education levels. In 1970, 20% of married women had higher levels of education. Now, 28% do. In 1970, 28% of married women had husbands whose education was higher. Now, it’s 19% in the same situation.

These shifts in the economics of marriage influence gender dynamics—the relationships between husbands and wives.

Do you see a change in the economics of marriage?

How do these changes impact marriages?


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