Many wives are outearning their husbands

Men can make a living by marrying rich.

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by MoneySense staff
January 20th, 2010

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Here’s one way for out-of-work men to make a living — marry rich. Turns out a number of guys are doing just that, wedding older, wealthier women.

A Pew Research Center study revealed that 22% of wives make more money than their husbands, while 28% are more educated. That’s a big shift from 1970, when just 4% of women brought home more bacon than their spouse.

Vera Cohn, co-author of the study says marrying a higher income earner is giving many men a stable economic future.  “Now with so many women working and achieving higher income, it’s increasingly a way for men to achieve economic security,” she says. “In that way, the genders are a little more similar than they were a few decades ago.”

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