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Wage Inequality and Propensity to Marry after 1980 in Taiwan

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  • Yu-Chen Kuo

    (Department of Economics, Feng Chia University, Taiwan)

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This paper utilizes data from Taiwan to examine whether male wage inequality explains the decline in the propensity to marry. Our empirical results find a small but insignificant effect of regional wage inequality under different measures and specifications of inequality.

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  • Yu-Chen Kuo, 2008. "Wage Inequality and Propensity to Marry after 1980 in Taiwan," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 7(3), pages 231-248, December.
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    1. Shoichi Sasaki, 2017. "Empirical analysis of the effects of increasing wage inequalities on marriage behaviors in Japan," Discussion Papers 1705, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
    2. repec:eee:jjieco:v:46:y:2017:i:c:p:27-42 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    marriage; wage inequality; labor market;

    JEL classification:

    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure

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