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Marrying Up: The Role of Sex Ratio in Assortative Matching

Abramitzky, Ran and Delavande, Adeline and Vasconcelos, Luis (2011) 'Marrying Up: The Role of Sex Ratio in Assortative Matching.' American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3 (3). pp. 124-157. ISSN 1945-7782

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Abstract

<jats:p> We assemble a novel dataset to study the impact of male scarcity on marital assortative matching and other marriage market outcomes using the large shock that WWI caused to the number of French men. Using a difference-in-differences approach, we find that postwar in regions with higher mortality rates: men were less likely to marry women of lower social classes; men were more likely and women less likely to marry; out-of-wedlock births increased; divorce rates decreased; and the age gap decreased. These findings are consistent with men improving their position in the marriage market as they become scarcer. (JEL J12, J16, N34) </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 13:27
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:51
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2946

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