The Quit Propensity of Married Men
This paper hypothesizes that the quit propensity of married men rises with an increase in their wives' income. Assuming that individuals are risk averse and that quitting is risky, the wife's income increases the husband's expected value of quitting by reducing the variance of expected family income. Using the longit udinal data from the Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the wif e's income is found to have a large effect on quits. The average husb and's quit rate increases by about 45 percent when the wife's income rises from zero to two-thirds that of the husband's. The wife's incom e effect nearly offsets the negative effect that marriage typically h as on male quit rates. Copyright 1987 by University of Chicago Press.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.