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Do women in STEM careers suffer a ‘marriage market’ penalty?

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Women in college are getting the message that majoring in some of the most lucrative fields may make it harder for them to marry or have kids.

Female college students surveyed by researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said they believe women who major in science or business suffer a “marriage market” penalty relative to those who pursue humanities or social science degrees. Specifically, the women surveyed said majoring in science or business would reduce their chances of being married at age 23 by 10% and their odds of being married at age 30 by nearly 15%.

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