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The Timing of Marriage in China

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  • Lixin Colin Xu

    (The World Bank
    Guanghua School of Management, Peking University)

  • Christine Zhen-Wei Qiang

    (The World Bank)

  • Limin Wang

    (The World Bank)

Abstract

This paper studies the marriage timing decisions of young men and women in China. The data set is a sample of Chinese couples with ample variations in marriage market features, personal characteristics, and regional patterns of growth. Exploiting the differences in marriage timing among the couples in our data set, we find empirical results that are largely consistent with the notion that marriage gains, search costs, and job complexity determine the timing of marriage. In particular, marriage is likely to be delayed for urban (but not rural) men and women with higher wage. Regional economic growth appears to slow down the tendency to get married for both men and women and in both cities and the countryside. Access to network of young people (via the Communist Youth League) facilitates marriage for all young people. Better-educated young people tend to get married later in life.

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Article provided by Society for AEF in its journal Annals of Economics and Finance.

Volume (Year): 4 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 343-357

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Handle: RePEc:cuf:journl:y:2003:v:4:i:2:p:343-357

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Keywords: Marriage timing; Job complexity; Search costs; School-to-work transition;

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