Building the Family Nest: Pre-Marital Investments, Marriage Markets and Spousal Allocations

35 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2005

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Murat Iyigun

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics; Harvard University - Center for International Development (CID); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Randall P. Walsh

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 2005

Abstract

We develop a model of the household in which spousal incomes are determined by pre-marital investments, the marriage market is characterized by assortative matching, and endogenously-determined sharing rules form the basis of intra-household allocations. By incorporating pre-marital investments and spousal matching into the collective household model, we are able to identify the fundamental determinants of endogenously determined and maritally sustainable intra-marital sharing rules. In particular, we find that all sharing rules along the assortative order support unconditionally efficient outcomes where both pre-marital investments and intra-household allocations are efficient. The efficiency of both pre-marital choices and household allocations then enables us to show that, for each couple, the marriage market generates a unique and maritally sustainable sharing rule that is a function of the distribution of pre-marital endowments and the sex ratios in the market.

Keywords: collective model, marriage, bargaining, household labor supply

JEL Classification: C78, D61, D70

Suggested Citation

Iyigun, Murat F. and Walsh, Randall P., Building the Family Nest: Pre-Marital Investments, Marriage Markets and Spousal Allocations (September 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1752, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=822387

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Randall P. Walsh

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