Marrying Up: The Role of Sex Ratio in Assortative Matching

MICROCON Research Working Paper No. 36

30 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2011

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Ran Abramitzky

Stanford University - Department of Economics

Adeline Delavande

New University of Lisbon - Faculdade de Economia

Luis I. Vasconcelos

New University of Lisbon - Faculdade de Economia

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Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Marriage, sex ratio, male scarcity, assortative matching, social classes

JEL Classification: J12, N34

Suggested Citation

Abramitzky, Ran and Delavande, Adeline and Vasconcelos, Luis I., Marrying Up: The Role of Sex Ratio in Assortative Matching (December 1, 2010). MICROCON Research Working Paper No. 36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1744065 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1744065

Ran Abramitzky

Stanford University - Department of Economics ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Adeline Delavande (Contact Author)

New University of Lisbon - Faculdade de Economia ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisboa, 1099-032
Portugal
+35 1 21 380 16 00 (Phone)
+35 1 21 387 09 33 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://docentes.fe.unl.pt/~adeline/page2.html

Luis I. Vasconcelos

New University of Lisbon - Faculdade de Economia ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisboa, 1099-032
Portugal
+35121380172 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://docentes.fe.unl.pt/~lipv064/

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