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Wage Inequality and Propensity to Marry after 1980 in Taiwan

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  • Yu-Chen Kuo

    (Department of Economics, Feng Chia University, Taiwan)

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    This paper utilizes data from Taiwan to examine whether male wage inequality explains the decline in the propensity to marry. Our empirical results find a small but insignificant effect of regional wage inequality under different measures and specifications of inequality.

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    Article provided by College of Business, and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan in its journal International Journal of Business and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 7 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3 (December)
    Pages: 231-248

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    Handle: RePEc:ijb:journl:v:7:y:2008:i:3:p:231-248

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    Keywords: marriage; wage inequality; labor market;

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