We study how promotions to top jobs affect the probability of divorce. We compare the relationship trajectories of winning and losing candidates for mayor and parliamentarian and find that a promotion to one of these jobs doubles the baseline probability of divorce for women, but not for men. We also find a widening gender gap in divorce rates for men and women after being promoted to CEO. An analysis of possible mechanisms shows that divorces are concentrated in more gender-traditional couples, while women in more gender-equal couples are unaffected.
Folke, Olle, and Johanna Rickne.
"All the Single Ladies: Job Promotions and the Durability of Marriage."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse
Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
Personnel Economics: Firm Employment Decisions; Promotions