A fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal examines how men and women share decision-making leverage in marriage and whether there is any dependency on their relative earning power. The upshot:
The general consensus of sociologists is that, whereas a woman’s marital satisfaction is dependent on a combination of economic, emotional and psychological realities, a man’s marital satisfaction is most determined by one factor: how happy his wife is. When she is happy, he is. Working within this framework, most husbands are unwilling to dig in their heels on any issue unless they have a tremendous incentive to do so.