Second paycheck helps families survive downturn, with a catch

10/12/2010 | Economist (free content), The · NYTimes.com

The growth of dual-income households has helped many families deal with prolonged unemployment, but this benefit comes at a price, according to an Economist blog post. Women have increased their working hours and income to compensate for the drop in men's earnings, but that arrangement may be discouraging labor mobility because a move would require the family to find two new jobs in a new location. "[S]o the household may stay put, essentially conceding that the male half will remain unemployed for the foreseeable future," the blogger writes.

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