How Do Married Men Get Ahead? A Process-Based Examination of the Male Marriage Premium

Faculty Member: Alexandra Killewald

Social scientists have long argued that marriage changes men’s work lives. Another line of research, however, notes that work also influences men’s chances of marrying. Furthermore, marriage often takes place in young adulthood, when work outcomes are rapidly changing. Thus, it is difficult to determine whether marriage truly changes how much men work, in what kinds of jobs they work, and the compensation they receive for their work. By exploring the timing of marriage in the midst of young men's work trajectories, we evaluate the effect of marriage on men’s work lives using longitudinal data from a cohort of American men.

This position is part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS) in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. If hired, students will participate in the IQSS URS program. Scholars must be current Harvard College undergraduates.