Married men may feel obligated to provide for their families, so they work harder to obtain increases and higher-paying positions. Hill's findings lend support to the hypothesis that marriage increases men's productivity. Eng Seng Loh (1996) discovered that marriage did not increase men's productivity at work. However it did decrease women's labor force participation when their husbands were out of a job.
Other studies have shown similar results: Married men report greater earnings and are more likely to be employed than unmarried men with similar backgrounds. Unmarried men who live with their parents are less likely to be employed than married men in the same situation. This suggests that marriage promotes employment by providing an incentive for men to find jobs, rather than relying on unemployment benefits.
In addition, married men are more likely to hold high-status jobs than unmarried men. This may be because high-status jobs are more likely to require a high level of commitment from the employee, such as long hours at the office or being available around the clock. High-status jobs also tend to pay better than low-status jobs. A study of Chinese couples found that the income of married men is significantly correlated with the status of their marriages. The higher the husband's salary, the higher the marital quality rating given by his wife. Women prefer high-income husbands because they expect them to take care of them and their children if anything happens to the man.
Men who marry work harder, more deliberately, and make more money than their single counterparts from comparable origins. They also work more strategically: according to one Harvard research, married men were considerably less likely than unmarried men to quit their present job unless they had another lined up. This may be because marriage helps them establish a career that suits their long-term goals and interests.
Marriage also affects how men spend their time at work. Married men are less likely than single men to say that they work too much; instead, they tend to say that they don't have enough time for themselves. This may be because having someone else to share responsibilities with makes life easier or because married men tend to avoid wasting energy on disputes by simply being more willing to accept the status quo.
Finally, marriage tends to influence men's careers in positive ways even after they stop working. Married men are more likely than single men to get jobs in leadership positions, which typically involve more responsibility and pay better. This may be because leaders need to be able to think quickly on their feet and make difficult decisions; being married gives them someone to turn to when things aren't going their way.
These are just some of the many ways in which marriage influences men's behavior. Men who marry work harder and more successfully because it is in their best interest not only to provide for their families but also to establish themselves as valuable contributors to the workforce.
Marriage boosts men's wages by around 20%, while an increase in wage rates and hours worked increases marriage. These findings imply that policies that promote marriage and measures that promote wages can initiate a virtuous cycle in which marriage and earnings support each other over time. Marriage also appears to have a positive effect on women's wages.
The study found no evidence that marriage has a significant effect on women's employment rates or unemployment benefits. It also found no evidence that marriage affects men's employment rates or unemployment benefits.
There is some evidence that married men are more likely than unmarried men to hold higher-paying jobs. This could be because married men are more likely to work full time or because they prefer these types of jobs. There is also evidence that married men are less likely to be unemployed; however, this may be because they are more likely to drop out of the labor force or because they reject job offers when they do go looking for work.
In conclusion, there is strong evidence that marriage promotes men's wages and incomes. The effects appear to be large enough to account for much of the gap in income between married and unmarried men. There is also some evidence that marriage helps men get high-paying jobs but does not affect their likelihood of being employed or of being unemployed.
No such evidence was found for women.