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Multi-trait matching and gender differentials in intergenerational mobility

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  • Chen, Natalie
  • Conconi, Paola
  • Perroni, Carlo

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We describe a model of multi-trait matching and inheritance in which individuals’ attractiveness in the marriage market depends on their market and non-market characteristics. Gender differences in social mobility can arise if market characteristics are relatively more important in determining marriage outcomes for men than they are for women, and if they are more persistent across generations than non-market characteristics. A reduction in gender based discrimination in the labor market increases homogamy in the marriage market and lowers social mobility for both genders.

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  • Chen, Natalie & Conconi, Paola & Perroni, Carlo, 2013. "Multi-trait matching and gender differentials in intergenerational mobility," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 120(2), pages 292-296.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:120:y:2013:i:2:p:292-296
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.04.034
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    1. Olivetti, Claudia & Paserman, M. Daniele & Salisbury, Laura, 2018. "Three-generation mobility in the United States, 1850–1940: The role of maternal and paternal grandparents," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 70(C), pages 73-90.
    2. Schwenkenberg, Julia M., 2014. "Occupations and the evolution of gender differences in intergenerational socioeconomic mobility," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 124(3), pages 348-352.

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    Keywords

    Social mobility; Matching; Inheritance; Wage gap;

    JEL classification:

    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion

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