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The Empirical Content of Marital Surplus in Matching Models

Karina Doorley (), Arnaud Dupuy () and Simon Weber

No 995, SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research from DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)

Abstract: This note investigates the extent to which structural estimates of marital surplus are informative about subjective well-being and separation. We first estimate the marital surplus using a simple matching model of the marriage market with perfectly transferable utility and heterogeneity in tastes applied to a rich German panel dataset. We then show that these estimates of the marital surplus are negatively correlated with separation and the difference in spouses’ subjective satisfaction.

Keywords: Matching market; marital surplus; subjective well-being; separation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 10, 9 p.
Date: 2018
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