Men earn more, women choose how to spend

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Dutch men earn more than their partners, but women decide where the money should go, according to a survey by ING Bank’s Economic Bureau.

In the ING survey, around one in three said it was the man in the household who took most of the decisions on how money should be spent. Only when it came to major long-term financial choices did the men take an equal part in decision making.

But two thirds of the 74,000 people surveyed said it was the man who had the higher income. Only a quarter of the women earned more than their partners.

Women’s earning levels are not only lower because they are more likely to take more responsibility for childcare. Men in the Netherlands still earn on average 20 per cent more than women for equivalent work, according to the Dutch Wage Indicator Foundation.

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