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Marrying up: The role of sex ratio in assortative matching

Abramitzky, R and Delavande, A and Vasconcelos, L (2011) 'Marrying up: The role of sex ratio in assortative matching.' American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3 (3). 124 - 157. ISSN 1945-7782

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 13:27
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2946

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