Sex Ratios, Divorce Laws and the Marriage Market
AbstractWe show how an interaction between the skewness of the sex ratio and the jump in divorce rates after a liberalization in divorce laws can obtain in a model of marriage market matching with non-transferable utility. This model is partly motivated by a significant cross-country correlation between these two variables. We also find that men’s hopes or fears about women’s marriage market odds are self-confirming under mutual consent, resulting in multiple equilibria. The multiplicity vanishes with a more skewed sex ratio or a liberalization of divorce laws. Our work sheds some light on the possible implications of divorce liberalization and pro-marriage policies.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Singapore Management University, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 28-2010.
Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Publication status: Published in SMU Economics and Statistics Working Paper Series
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- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
- K36 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Family and Personal Law
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
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- NEP-ALL-2010-11-27 (All new papers)
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