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Why are there singles: Being single in equilibrium as a partner discipline device

  • Kitae Sohn


    (University at Albany, SUNY)

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    Although people constantly search for partners, there are always some ones who are left as singles. This paper provides a simple model to demonstrate that this can happen even in the environment most conducive to partnership, when monitoring infidelity is not perfect. The intuition is that, when having a partner is preferred to being single, being single can be used as a discipline device to prevent infidelity.

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    Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 10 ()
    Pages: 1-6

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    Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08j60004
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