Economics Explored

Female Breadwinning with Prof. Gigi Foster

Episode Summary

Female breadwinning, where a woman earns more than her male partner, now occurs in around one-in-four partnerships. What does it mean for relationship satisfaction and longevity? Professor Gigi Foster of UNSW discusses her recent research on female breadwinning using US and Australian data.

Episode Notes

Economics Explored host Gene Tunny speaks with Professor Gigi Foster of the University of NSW about her research on female breadwinning, where a woman earns more than her male partner.  What does female breadwinning mean for relationship satisfaction and longevity? Does thinking about partnership formation as taking place in a market help us understand relationship choices and dynamics?

About this episode's guest - Professor Gigi Foster

Gigi Foster is one of Australia’s leading economics communicators and a Professor at the UNSW School of Economics. She was named 2019 Young Economist of the Year by the Economic Society of Australia.

A Professor in the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales, she was awarded a national Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2017. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States, she received her BA from Yale (majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics), and her PhD in economics from the University of Maryland.

Relevant links

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