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Embodied Knowledge Diffusion, Labor Mobility and Regional Dynamics: Do Social Factors Limit the Development Potential of Regions?

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DahlPierceFinalPub.pdf Electronic copy available at: In Sickness and in Wealth: Psychological and Sexual Costs of Income Comparison in Marriage* Lamar Pierce Washington University in St. Louis Michael S. Dahl Aalborg University Jimmi Nielsen Aarhus University Hospital 9,971 Words Lamar Pierce: [email protected], Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive Box 1133, St. Louis, MO 63130 USA, p-314-935-7321, f-314-935-6359 Michael S. Dahl: [email protected] Jimmi Nielsen: [email protected] * Nielsen consulted on the prescriptions and treatments. Correspondence should be addressed to Lamar Pierce (Email: [email protected]). Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive Box 1133, St. Louis, MO 63130 USA. Forthcoming in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin Electronic copy available at: Abstract As the percentage of wives outearning their husbands grows, the traditional social norm of the male breadwinner is challenged. The upward income comparison of the husband may cause psychological distress that affects both partners’ mental and physical health in ways that impact decisions on marriage, divorce, and careers. This paper studies this impact through sexual and mental health problems. Using wage and prescription medication data from Denmark, we implement a regression discontinuity design to show that men outearned by their wives are more likely to use erectile dysfunction (ED) medication than their male breadwinner counterparts, even when this inequality is small. Breadwinner wives suffer increased insomnia/anxiety medication usage, with similar effects for men. We find no effects for unmarried couples or for men who earned less than their fiancée prior to marriage. Our results suggest that social norms play important roles in dictating h

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