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How does “the share of the pie matter”? European empirics on the financial satisfaction of partners (M. Mysíková)

Author(s): PhDr. Martina Mysíková Ph.D.,
Type: Articles in journals with impact factor
Year: 2019
Number: 0
Published in: Ekonomický časopis - Journal of Economics, 67 (5): 504–524
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Abstract: This paper aims to extend the knowledge of the relationship between withincouple income distribution and partners’ financial satisfaction, using data from the EU-SILC 2013 for 15 European countries, for the first time including data from Eastern Europe. We find that men’s preferences typically concur with the “traditional” male-breadwinner family model, as husband’s satisfaction decreases with a larger female share of household income. In contrast, in nine countries, men’s satisfaction actually increases at the point where they are substantially out-earned by their wives, but this concerns only a small fraction of couples. Women in half of the countries tend to prefer a single-income scheme with either partner being the breadwinner, but again we stress that this matters mainly in extreme situations, while a tendency towards egoistic preferences favouring a larger personal share of household income predominates otherwise. We find that women prefer the traditional male-breadwinner model in only four countries.


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