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Does Marriage Really Make Men More Productive?

Sanders Korenman and David Neumark
The Journal of Human Resources
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Spring, 1991), pp. 282-307
DOI: 10.2307/145924
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/145924
Page Count: 26
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Abstract

This paper presents new descriptive evidence regarding marital pay premiums earned by white males. Longitudinal data indicate that wages rise after marriage, and that cross-sectional marriage premiums appear to result from a steepening of the earnings profile. Data from a company personnel file that includes information on job grades and supervisor performance ratings reveal large marital status pay differences within a narrow range of occupations (managers and professionals) and environments (a single firm). Married workers tend to be located in higher paying job grades; there are very small pay differentials within grades. Married men receive higher performance ratings than single men; as a result, they are much more likely to be promoted. Controlling for rated performance, however, eliminates the promotion differential.

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