Marriage and money: Variations across the earnings distribution

Western, Mark, Hewitt, Belinda and Baxter, Janeen (2005) Marriage and money: Variations across the earnings distribution. Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 8 2: 163-179.

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Author Western, Mark
Hewitt, Belinda
Baxter, Janeen
Title Marriage and money: Variations across the earnings distribution
Journal name Australian Journal of Labour Economics
ISSN 1328-1143
Publication date 2005-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 8
Issue 2
Start page 163
End page 179
Total pages 17
Place of publication Perth, W.A., Australia
Publisher Centre for Labour Market Research
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject 340207 Labour Economics
750307 Families
750303 Gender
750101 Employment
Abstract This paper uses Australian data from the Negotiating the Life Course Project 1997 to investigate the impact of marriage on men's and women's earnings. We extend earlier earnings research and investigate whether the effect of marriage is constant for men and women at different points on the conditional earnings distribution by using robust and quantile regression techniques. We find no assoication between marriage and wages for women, but for men a large and significant premium exists with married men earning around $5,7000 per annum more than their unmarried counterparts, after adjusting for human capital, job and family characteristics. Overall, there are very few differences in the association between marriage and earnings for men and women across the wage distribution. Although, importantly, we find that the returns to marriage tend to be smaller and non-significant for men in the middle of the distribution.
Keyword Marriage
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