Study: Wives Earning More than Husbands Increases Divorce Rates5 Comments A research paper by Marianne Bertrand, Emir Kamenica (both University of Chicago) and Jessica Pan (National University of Singapore), had, among its findings, information that revealed that if wives earned more than their husbands, it strained their marriages and also led to higher divorce rates. As long as the woman earns less, her income does not cause trouble in the marriage. Once she earns more, however, marriage difficulties jump and divorce rates increase. Interestingly, it does not seem to matter whether she earns only slightly more, or substantially more—an indication that it is not female income per se, but the mere fact of earning more, that causes trouble. A lot of woman reading this study’s results will immediately blame the men for not being able to handle “a strong woman”. While I can agree that there are some men who are threatened by women who they perceive to have the potential to achieve more success and financial compensation than them, I would also add that there are women who are unable to conduct themselves in a dignified manner when they do. I personally experienced that some women with a bigger paycheck feel like they are wearing the pants in a relationship and they don’t need to be submissive to a man who makes less then them.. Some women think that if they can satisfy all their personal financial needs and wants, they don’t need a man for nothing these days. This mentally is commonly referred to as a boss b****. What are your experiences on this topic?