The Economics of Hypergamy
Andreas Kotsadam (),
Espen R Moen and
Knut Røed ()
No 13606, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers
Partner selection is a vital feature of human behavior with important consequences for indi-viduals, families, and society. Hypergamy occurs when a husband's earning capacity system-atically exceeds that of his wife. We provide a theoretical framework that rationalizes hy-pergamy even in the absence of gender differences in the distribution of earnings capacity. Using parental earnings rank, a predetermined measure of earnings capacity that solves the simultaneity problem of matching affecting earnings outcomes, we show that hypergamy is an important feature of Norwegian mating patterns. A vignette experiment identifies gender differences in preferences that can explain the observed patterns.
Keywords: gender identity; Household specialization; Labor Supply; Marriage (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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