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Study: With higher pay, more wives cheating

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The wage gap between men and women is closing, and so is the cheating gap, according to a new National Opinion Research Center survey.

The NORC’s General Social Survey found the percentage of wives who admitted having affairs rose to 14.7 percent between 1990 and 2010, a nearly 40 percent increase from the prior decade. Meanwhile, 21 percent of men reported cheating, about the same as the previous decade, according to the survey, first reported by The Week.

One sociologist told Bloomberg Businessweek wives are less concerned about the financial fallout if their husband leaves them over an affair since many are now primary breadwinners and the wage gap is closing between women and men. By 2010, women were making close to 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, compared with 60 cents in 1980.

Not to be outdone, however, men still have the cheating edge, whether they have a job or not. The Week noted another study by the American Sociological Association that showed “the more economically dependent a man is on his female partner, the more likely he is to cheat on her.”


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