'Birds of a Feather Flock Together': The Impact of Choice of Spouse on Family Labor Income Inequality

25 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2005

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Iulie Aslaksen

Statistics Norway

Tom Wennemo

Statistics Norway

Rolf Aaberge

Statistics Norway; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Deaprtment of Economics

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Aslaksen, Iulie and Wennemo, Tom and Aaberge, Rolf, 'Birds of a Feather Flock Together': The Impact of Choice of Spouse on Family Labor Income Inequality. Labour, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 491-515, September 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=795629

Iulie Aslaksen (Contact Author)

Statistics Norway ( email )

N-0033 Oslo
Norway

Tom Wennemo

Statistics Norway ( email )

N-0033 Oslo
Norway

Rolf Aaberge

Statistics Norway ( email )

N-0033 Oslo
Norway

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Deaprtment of Economics ( email )

Norway

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