Journal Article

Why Have Women Become Left-Wing? The Political Gender Gap and the Decline in Marriage

Lena Edlund and Rohini Pande

in The Quarterly Journal of Economics

Published on behalf of President and Fellows of Harvard University

Volume 117, issue 3, pages 917-961
Published in print August 2002 | ISSN: 0033-5533
Published online August 2002 | e-ISSN: 1531-4650 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/003355302760193922
Why Have Women Become Left-Wing? The Political Gender Gap and the Decline in Marriage

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The last three decades have witnessed the rise of a pohtical gender gap in the United States wherein more women than men favor the Democratic party. We trace this development to the decline in marriage, which we posit has made men richer and women poorer. Data for the United States support this argument. First, there is a strong positive correlation between state divorce prevalence and the political gender gap—higher divorce prevalence reduces support for the Democrats among men but not women. Second, longitudinal data show that following marriage (divorce), women are less (more) likely to support the Democratic party.

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Subjects: Economics

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