I would like to thank seminar participants at the 1996 ASSA meetings for comments on an early draft, as well as more recent seminar participants at Virginaia Commonwealth University and William and Mary and the anonymous referees. Any remaining errors are my own.
EXAMINING THE WAGE DIFFERENTIAL FOR MARRIED AND COHABITING MEN
Version of Record online: 26 MAR 2007
Volume 40, Issue 2, pages 199–212, April 2002
How to Cite
Stratton, L. S. (2002), EXAMINING THE WAGE DIFFERENTIAL FOR MARRIED AND COHABITING MEN. Economic Inquiry, 40: 199–212. doi: 10.1093/ei/40.2.199
- Issue online: 26 MAR 2007
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Wage analyses indicate that married and cohabiting men earn more than do single, noncohabiting men. This article examines the nature of these wage differentials using data from the National Survey of Families and Households. Results indicate that the marital and cohabitation differentials are quite distinct. The higher wage observed for cohabiting men is driven primarily by selection and is eliminated by first differencing, but the higher wage observed for married men (and perhaps long-term cohabiters) arises largely because of differential wage growth. Wages appear to rise more rapidly following marriage.