“She seems to really like doing the finances—and she’s better at it than I am.”The growing number of wives who, like Jehan Chase, make as much as or more than their husbands is having a profound impact on the way that married couples manage their money and how they feel about their financial union.
That’s the clear takeaway from a new national MONEY survey of more than 1,000 married adults ages 25 and older.
The responses reveal that as wives’ economic contribution to the household grows—on average, women in dual-earner households now bring in about half of the family income and nearly a quarter of wives earn more than their husbands —every aspect of couples’ lives together is affected.
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