More edu­cated men, on the other hand, tend to marry edu­cated women, and these cou­ples’ earn­ings took less of a beating during the down­turn, fur­ther widening gap between the highest and lowest incomes, said Andrew Sum, director of North­eastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies.

At the bottom, women’s share is going up largely because men’s earning are going down,” he said. “At the top, wives are both working more and earning more rel­a­tive to their hus­bands, but their hus­bands’ earn­ings are not declining.”

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