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Stephanie Hurder, Ph.D. Candidate in Business Economics,
Recent academic work has documented that the career cost of family for women in highly-educated, inflexible professions varies with the education level and earnings of their spouses. Hurder builds a game-theoretic model to investigate the tradeoffs that high-earning women make among family, career, and equal-earning spouse. She shows that, when time required for childcare is nontrivial, high-earning women must compromise on one of these dimensions. Long-hours, inflexible professions will have fewer "power couples" with children, and a higher fraction of women with career and family in these professions will have spouses with lower-earning, flexible jobs. As women's potential earnings approach those of men, the payoffs to being a "secondary earner" husband increases.
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