Birds of a feather flock together’: the impact of choice of spouse on family labor income inequality
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Original versionAslaksen, I., Wennemo, T. and Aaberge, R. (2005), ‘Birds of a Feather Flock Together’: The Impact of Choice of Spouse on Family Labor Income Inequality. LABOUR, 19: 491–515.
This paper analyzes to what extent the rise in women's labor force participation has led to ‘flocking together’, i.e. whether women with high labor income tend to be married to men with high labor income, or vice versa. Based on the decomposition of the Gini coefficient and a related index for the extent of ‘flocking together’ applied to labor income data for Norway for the period 1973–97, we find a tendency for ‘flocking together’ for all married couples, and married couples with two labor incomes.
Authors Submitted Version. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Labour, vol.19 (3), 491-515, 2005, which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9914.2005.00311.x