All the Single Ladies: Job Promotions and the Durability of Marriage

  title={All the Single Ladies: Job Promotions and the Durability of Marriage},
  author={Olle Folke and Johanna Rickne},
  journal={American Economic Journal: Applied Economics},
We study how promotions to top jobs affect the probability of divorce. We compare the relationship trajectories of winning and losing candidates for mayor and parliamentarian and find that a promotion to one of these jobs doubles the baseline probability of divorce for women, but not for men. We also find a widening gender gap in divorce rates for men and women after being promoted to CEO. An analysis of possible mechanisms shows that divorces are concentrated in more gender-traditional couples… 

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