Marriage Matching, Risk Sharing and Spousal Labor Supplies


Empirical Micro Seminar
University of Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia, PA

United States

Joint with: Eugene Choo, University of Toronto and Shannon Seitz, Boston College

The paper integrates marriage matching with the collective model of spousal labor supplies with public goods and full spousal risk sharing. This collective model of marriage matching generalizes Becker's transferable utilities model of the marriage market. The paper derives testable
implications of how changes in marriage market conditions affect spousal labor supplies. In contrast to the sex ratio which is a partial measure, the model motivates a sufficient statistic for marriage market tightness for
each marriage match. The empirical section of the paper tests for marriage market effects on spousal labor supplies using data from the 2000 US census. Changes in marriage market tightness often have large estimated
effects on spousal labor supplies that is consistent with the theory. The magnitudes of the responses differ by race and gender.

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Aloysius Siow

University of Toronto

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