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Marrying Up: The Role of Sex Ratio in Assortative Matching

Abramitzky, R and Delavande, A and Vasconcelos, LI (2010) Marrying Up: The Role of Sex Ratio in Assortative Matching. UNSPECIFIED. MICROCON - A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict, Research Working Papers 36.

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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 post war 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: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 12:08
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2018 12:15

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