Melissa Kearney discusses the current tax code and its impact on women who return to the workforce on NPR’s All Things Considered.
When it comes to paying taxes, economists say a lot of secondary wage-earners are getting a raw deal. It's called the marriage penalty. "The system was never designed to penalize working spouses," says Melissa Kearney, director of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution. "It was just designed in a different era."