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All the Single Ladies: Job Promotions and the Durability of Marriage

Olle Folke and Johanna Rickne ()

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2020, vol. 12, issue 1, 260-87

Abstract: We study how promotions to top jobs affect the probability of divorce. We compare the relationship trajectories of winning and losing candidates for mayor and parliamentarian and find that a promotion to one of these jobs doubles the baseline probability of divorce for women, but not for men. We also find a widening gender gap in divorce rates for men and women after being promoted to CEO. An analysis of possible mechanisms shows that divorces are concentrated in more gender-traditional couples, while women in more gender-equal couples are unaffected.

JEL-codes: J12 J16 M12 M51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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