Quality of Available Mates, Education, and Household Labor Supply

17 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2010

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Brighita Negrusa

NERA Economic Consulting

Sonia Oreffice

University of Surrey

Abstract

We investigate the impact of sex ratios by education and metropolitan area on spouses’ bargaining power and labor supplies, to capture the local and qualitative nature of mate availability. Using Current Population Survey and Census data for 2000, 1990, and 1980, we estimate these effects in a collective household framework. We find that a higher relative shortage of comparably educated women in the couple’s metropolitan area reduces wives’ labor supply and increases their husbands’. The impact is stronger for couples in higher education groups but not significant for high school graduates. Results are similar across decades. No such effects are found for unmarried individuals.

Suggested Citation

Negrusa, Brighita and Oreffice, Sonia, Quality of Available Mates, Education, and Household Labor Supply. Economic Inquiry, Vol. 48, Issue 3, pp. 558-574, July 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1627395 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2008.00132.x

Brighita Negrusa

NERA Economic Consulting ( email )

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Sonia Oreffice

University of Surrey ( email )

Guildford
Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH
United Kingdom

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