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Couples who earn the same more likely to stay together, study claims

The Independent logo The Independent 16/04/2018 Sabrina Barr
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Love is a tricky business, with the answer to finding it and keeping it still desperately sought after.

However, the key to a happy relationship could lie in the amount of money you collectively earn.

Not only are couples that earn a higher amount more likely to get married, but people with similar salaries to their partners also have a greater chance of staying together with them, a study has claimed. 

Patrick Ishizuka, a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University’s Population Centre, has written a paper published in Demography that explores the way in which money can affect the state of a relationship.

One aspect of his research investigates a theory known as “the marriage bar”, which dictates that couples are more likely to tie the knot when they’ve achieved a certain level of wealth.

“Once couples have reached a certain income and wealth threshold, they’re more likely to marry,” Ishizuka said.

“They want to have a house and a car and enough savings to have a big wedding; and they also want to have stable jobs and a steady income.”

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