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Fatter Attraction: Anthropometric and Socioeconomic Matching on the Marriage Market

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  • Pierre-André Chiappori

    (Columbia University)

  • Sonia Oreffice

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    (Universitat d'Alacant and IZA)

  • Climent Quintana-Domeque

    (Universitat d'Alacant)

Abstract

We construct a matching model on the marriage market along more than one characteristic, where individuals have preferences over physical attractiveness and socioeconomic characteristics that can be summarized by a one-dimensional index combining these various attributes. We show that under a (testable) separability assumption, the indices are ordinally identified. We estimate the model using data from the PSID. Our separability tests do not reject. We find that among men, a 10% increase in BMI can be compensated by a higher wage of around 3%. Similarly, for women, an additional year of education may compensate up to three BMI units.

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Paper provided by Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group in its series Working Papers with number 2011-012.

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Keywords: BMI; marriage market; wages; education;

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