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April 1998

Earnings of husbands and wives in dual-earner families

Anne E. Winkler

As married women have become increasingly likely to work in recent decades, their contribution to family earnings has grown as well—indeed, in 20 to 25 percent of dual-earner couples, wives earn more than their husbands; these trends may have affected family decisionmaking, giving some women more input into family financial and career decisions

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