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Age Homogamy, Gender, and Earnings: Sweden 1990-2009
Lund University, Sweden.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare.
2017 (English)In: Social Forces, ISSN 0037-7732, E-ISSN 1534-7605, Vol. 96, no 1, 239-263 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research has shown considerable marriage premiums in earnings for men, but often penalties for women of being in a union. In this study we extend this research by analyzing how the age difference between spouses affects the earnings profiles by gender. As we follow people over time in advance as well as within their marriage, we can separate premarital from postmarital earnings movements. The data consist of information on annual earnings 1990-2009 for all Swedes born 1960-1974 (N = 926,219). The results indicate that age homogamy is related to higher earnings for both men and women, and that larger age differences are generally associated with lower union premiums, quite independently of which spouse is older. However, most of these results are explained by assortative mating, in which men and women with greater earnings potentials find partners of a similar age. Overall, the age difference between spouses seems to have a limited causal effect, if any, on individual earnings.

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Oxford University Press, 2017. Vol. 96, no 1, 239-263 p.
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DIVISION-OF-LABOR; ECONOMIC ASSIMILATION; EDUCATIONAL HOMOGAMY; SWEDISH COUPLES; WAGE PENALTY; MARRIAGE; MOTHERHOOD; HOUSEWORK; FAMILY; WORK
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Sociology Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37385DOI: 10.1093/sf/sox030ISI: 000409194400026Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85031778343OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37385DiVA: diva2:1143610
Available from: 2017-09-21 Created: 2017-09-21 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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