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Class, Gender and Marriage

  • Gillian Hamilton

    (University of Toronto)

  • Aloysius Siow

    (University of Toronto)

This paper estimates the contributions of differential fecundity, social heterogeneity, assortative matching and search frictions to aggregate marriage behavior in 18th century Quebec. The reduced form estimates show that a simple random matching model of the marriage market, in which there are gains to assortative matching and women may leave the marriage market at a higher rate than men, can explain these data. The estimates also show that the marriage market was segmented by social status. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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File URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.red.2006.12.003
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Article provided by Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics in its journal Review of Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 10 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 549-575

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