Couple-level Panel Data from the US Current Population Survey, 1976-2020

Kelly A. Musick
This study examines trends in couples’ work and earnings in the years following childbirth and the implications of these couple-level processes for changes in aggregate inequality over time. We address critical gaps in the literature regarding how couples sort into marriage and how they negotiate roles within marriage. We use four decades of successive, short-run panels from the Current Population Survey (CPS) to assess changes in husbands’ and wives’ work and earnings following a first...
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