Is There a Male Breadwinner Norm? Don’t Look at Spouses’ Income to Find Out, U-M Study Says

October 14, 2020

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U-M Institute for Social Research director and economics professor David Lam discusses the “breadwinner norm.” Lam highlights previous research regarding women withdrawing their effort from the labor force when they are about to succeed their male counterparts financially. In his research Lam emphasizes the anomaly near the 50% mark when couples’ income are nearly identical, finding that women may not be sabotaging themselves after all.

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