NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Marriage Meets the Joneses: Relative Income, Identity, and Marital Status

Tara Watson, Sara McLanahan

NBER Working Paper No. 14773
Issued in March 2009

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The authors thank Martha Bailey, Betsy Brainerd, Erika Franklin Fowler, Dave Frisvold, Claudia Goldin, Leslie Hinkson, Erzo Luttmer, Edward Norton, Lucie Schmidt, Lara Shore-Sheppard, participants in the MacArthur Network on Inequality, participants in the Fragile Families workshop, participants in the Population Association of America meetings, participants in the Williams College Economics Brown Bag, and participants in the University of Michigan Labor Lunch for valuable comments. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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