ASU Professor: As Wife's Income Rises, Divorce Chances Increase

AUGUST 31, 2006 - Posted at 12:04 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - An Arkansas State University economics professor says his research suggests that the likelihood of divorce increases as a wife's income becomes a larger portion of the family income.

Randall Kesselring is a professor in ASU's College of Business.  His paper on the economic dynamics involved in divorce was published in the August issue of Applied Economics.

The article reported the results of an investigation into whether it was easier for a woman to get a divorce as her ability to earn income rises.  Kesselring argues that the rising likelihood of divorce results from strife created as the wife's income becomes a larger portion of the family's income.

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