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Examining the Wage Differential for Married and Cohabiting Men


  • Leslie S. Stratton

    () (Department of Economics, P.O. Box 844000, 1015 Floyd Ave., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-4000.)


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. Copyright 2002, Oxford University Press.

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  • Leslie S. Stratton, 2002. "Examining the Wage Differential for Married and Cohabiting Men," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 40(2), pages 199-212, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:40:y:2002:i:2:p:199-212

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