Men are ‘marrying up’ more than women

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Men are now “marrying up” more than women, according to a new study.

This term applies to those who marry someone who is better educated and better paid than they are. Two American researchers have found that men are increasingly marrying up as more women earn high level degrees and find jobs that pay very well.

According to their data, highly educated single women outnumber unmarried men with a similar level of education. As a result, women are more likely to marry a man who has fewer qualifications than she does and will consequently earn less than she does.

The lead author was University of Kansas sociology professor ChangHwan Kim. He and Arthur Sakamoto from Texas A&M University analysed education and earnings data of adults between the ages of 35 and 44. They took these figures from the US Censuses in 1990 and 2000 as well as the American Community Survey 2009-11 which was carried out by the Census Bureau.

Kim explained that the “pattern of marriage and its economic consequences have changed over time [as] women [now] are more likely to get married to a less-educated man” than the other way around. This trend has actually led to a faster improvement in the standard of living for these men than for the ones with the same level of education as their wives.

As they see such a benefit, it “could explain why it seems men don’t complain a lot about this”, Kim suggested. Quality of life is more often determined “by family income rather than by personal earnings” he continued, so the wage disparity “seems fine for men because their wife is now bringing more income to the household”.

These findings imply “that the importance of marriage … has increased for men’s total economic well-being” Kim said, adding that the institution “is now becoming more egalitarian and becoming equal” which “is a really good sign”.

The study was published in the academic journal Demography.

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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2 comments

Paul - September 1, 2017 at 10:59pm

The gradual decline of men. The result of years of agressive femanism. One sex is now clearly more advantaged than the other. Institutional sexism driven by a core of chorosive femanists in parliment.
This has been predicted.

save marriage - October 18, 2017 at 11:08am

its really very hard fact of now a days in our world. The ratio of female is more then men. to handle the relationship issue wise is a key to live successful life.

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