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• The Census Bureau found that in households where the woman is the primary breadwinner women underreported and men overreport their salaries.
• How do these lies perpetuate gender stereotypes? How can we break out of this cycle?
• Read about funding gender equality.
Are social attitudes behind the times at both work and at home?
That's what Claire Cain Miller asks in a New York Times article, based on a finding in a new paper from the Census Bureau. The paper says that in American households with women breadwinners, both husbands and wives tend to lie about who makes more money, and by how much.
The paper compared the earnings reported to the census by respondents in opposite-sex marriages with what their employers reported in tax filings to the IRS. When women were the primary breadwinners, wives said they made 1.5% percentage points less than the salaries reported by their employers, while husbands said they took home 2.9% percentage points more than their employer-reported salaries, reported Miller, citing the Census Bureau paper.
The study looked at people in couples ranging from age 25 to 54, in which at least one spouse earned a paycheck. "Age and geography did not make a difference — couples in which the woman earned more were as common in liberal cities as in the conservative South," writes Miller.
Read the full article about couples hiding female breadwinners by Hillary Hoffower at Business Insider.