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Managing money in new heterosexual forms of intimate relationships


  • Vogler, Carolyn
  • Brockmann, Michaela
  • Wiggins, Richard D.


Drawing on British data from the 1994 and 2002 International Social Survey Programme modules on "Family and Changing Gender Roles," this paper attempts to analyse the ways in which different subcategories of cohabiting couples organise money and to compare them with their married counterparts in the same age range and family situations. The results indicate that while young cohabiting parents tend to see their relationships as similar or equivalent to marriage and organise money in very similar ways to married parents, young childless and older post-marital cohabiting couples are overwhelmingly likely to keep money partly or completely separate, especially when one partner earns more than the other.

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  • Vogler, Carolyn & Brockmann, Michaela & Wiggins, Richard D., 2008. "Managing money in new heterosexual forms of intimate relationships," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 37(2), pages 552-576, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:37:y:2008:i:2:p:552-576

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    1. Pamela Smock & Wendy Manning, 1997. "Cohabiting partners’ economic circumstances and marriage," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 34(3), pages 331-341, August.
    2. Anne Winkler, 1997. "Economic decision-making by cohabitors: findings regarding income pooling," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(8), pages 1079-1090.
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    1. Ashby, Katherine J. & Burgoyne, Carole. B., 2009. "The financial practices and perceptions behind separate systems of household financial management," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 38(3), pages 519-529, June.
    2. Lars Evertsson & Charlott Nyman, 2014. "Perceptions and Practices in Independent Management: Blurring the Boundaries Between “Mine,” “Yours” and “Ours”," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 35(1), pages 65-80, March.
    3. Dilyara Ibragimova, 2013. "Money management in russian families," HSE Working papers WP BRP 11/SOC/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
    4. Raijas, Anu, 2011. "Money management in blended and nuclear families," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 556-563, August.
    5. Martin Browning & Jens Bonke, 2009. "Pooling of income and sharing of consumption within households," Economics Series Working Papers 428, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
    6. Nevena, Kulic & Giulia, Dotti Sani, 2015. "Intra-household sharing of financial resources: A non-technical review of the research field and its historical development," MPRA Paper 68420, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Kulic, Nevena, 2013. "The type and duration of family unions and income sharing: The implications for women's economic well-being," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 7-15.

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