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Personality Traits and the Marriage Market

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  • Arnaud Dupuy

    (Reims Management School, Maastricht School of Management and IZA. Address: Reims Management School (RMS), 59, rue Pierre Taittinger - 51100 Reims, France. Email: arnaud.dupuy@reims-ms.fr.)

  • Alfred Galichon

    (Sciences Po Paris, Department of Economics, Address: 28 rue des Saint-Pères, 75007 Paris, France. E-mail: alfred.galichon@sciences-po.fr.)

Abstract

Which and how many attributes are relevant for the sorting of agents in a matching market? This paper adresses these questions by constructing indices of mutual attractiveness that aggregate information about agents' attributes. The rst k indices for agents on each side of the market provide the best approximation of the matching surplus by a k-dimensional model. The methodology is applied on a unique Dutch households survey containing information about education, height, BMI, health, attitude towards risk and personality traits of spouses. Three important empirical conclusions are drawn. First, sorting in the marriage market is not unidimensional: individuals face important trade-o s between the attributes of their spouses which are not amenable to a singledimensional index. Second, although education explains a quarter of a couple's observable surplus, personality traits explain another 20%. Third, di erent personality traits matter di erently for men and for women.

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Paper provided by Maastricht School of Management in its series Working Papers with number 2012/41.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Keywords: Multidimensional sorting; Saliency Analysis; marriage market; personality traits; continuous logit;

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  1. Arnaud Dupuy & Alfred Galichon, 2012. "Canonical Correlation and Assortative Matching: a remark," Working Papers 2012/40, Maastricht School of Management.
  2. Abi Adams & Laurens Cherchye & Bram De Rock & Ewout Verriest, 2014. "Consume now or later? Time inconsistency, collective choice and revealed preference," IFS Working Papers W14/08, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  3. Laurens Cherchye & Thomas Demuynck & Bram De Rock & Frederic Vermeulen, 2014. "Household Consumption When the Marriage is Stable," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2014-21, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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