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A note on marriage market clearing

  • Neelakantan, Urvi
  • Tertilt, Michèle

We provide a formula for marriage sex ratios based on birth sex ratios and dynamic factors like the marriage age gap and gender-specific mortality. We show that ignoring dynamic considerations can lead to faulty conclusions about scarcity in marriage markets.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 101 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 103-105

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