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Are All the Good Men Married? Uncovering the Sources of the Marital Wage Premium
The American Economic Review
A longstanding and yet unsettled question in labor economics is: does marriage cause men's wages to rise? Cross-sectional wage studies consistently find that married men earn significantly higher wages than do men who are not currently married. However, it is well-known that inferring causal relationships from crosssectional analysis is inappropriate because of the biases introduced by unobserved heterogeneity. As a means of circumventing this problem, this paper uses data on identical twins todoi:10.1257/0002828041301876 fatcat:tcb5cnnkffghredexhbs3jajfe