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Assortative Matching on Income

Pierre-André Chiappori, Carlo Fiorio (), Alfred Galichon () and Stefano Verzillo
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Pierre-André Chiappori: Columbia University
Alfred Galichon: New York University and Sciences Po

No 2022-006, Working Papers from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group

Abstract: We analyze marital matching on income using an extremely rich Dutch data set containing all income tax files over four years. We develop a novel methodology that directly extends previous contributions to allow for highly flexible matching patterns. Investigating all marriages that took place between 2011 and 2014, we find that marital patterns remain remarkably stable over the period. While a majority of couples match assortatively, a small but significant minority display negative assortative matching. We also show that standard approaches, which consider all married couples using current incomes, may generate misleading conclusions. Finally, we find that, in contrast with recent results, whether his income exceeds her does not seem to play any significant role.

Keywords: Marriage; The Netherlands; income disparities in marriage (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C78 H24 J12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-03
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