Half Sigma discusses the issue of women making more money than their husbands. I’ve written before that this is the case in my marriage, though we’re both in the top 10% of earners in the country.
It’s common wisdom among game bloggers that you shouldn’t marry a woman who makes more money than you. I disagree with this common piece of wisdom.
The problem with modern marriage is that it too easily leads to divorce. However, if you look at divorce rates, you’ll notice that divorce is very uncommon among the upper class.
For example, the being-married rate among upper middle class whites has fallen only trivially from 88% in 1960 to 83% in 2010. Among the bottom 30% [of whites with respect to income], however, the being-married rate has dropped from 83% to 48%.
There’s a blunt way to say what I’m trying to say, and Dennis Mangan comes closest:
All this leads me to wonder – and I don’t have the mathematical or research skills to figure this out myself – how greatly the much-vaunted high divorce rate is skewed by either blacks or the left side of the bell curve or those getting married and divorced multiple times, these categories not being mutually exclusive. It appears that college-educated white (and Asian and Hispanic) people stand a low chance of divorce.
The fact is that if you marry a well-educated woman who does not have a slutty past, divorce is very unlikely.
If you add a little knowledge of game to the equation, you’re even safer.
Plus, the money is really nice.