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The Oscar Curse: Status Dynamics and Gender Differences in Marital Survival

8 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2011  

H. Colleen Stuart

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School

Sue Moon

University of Toronto

Tiziana Casciaro

University of Toronto

Date Written: January 27, 2011

Abstract

We analyzed the marital histories of all Best Actor and Best Actress Academy Award nominees from 1936 to 2010 to determine the effect of a sudden status shift on marriage survival. We find that Oscar wins are associated with a greater risk of divorce for Best Actresses, but not for Best Actors. This asymmetry is consistent with gender dynamics documented in marriages among the general population.

Keywords: Divorce, Careers, Gender

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Stuart, H. Colleen and Moon, Sue and Casciaro, Tiziana, The Oscar Curse: Status Dynamics and Gender Differences in Marital Survival (January 27, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1749612 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1749612

H. Colleen Stuart (Contact Author)

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School ( email )

100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States

Sue Moon

University of Toronto ( email )

Department of Statistical Sciences
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8
Canada

Tiziana Casciaro

University of Toronto ( email )

Department of Statistical Sciences
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8
Canada

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