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A Comment on Schoen's (1981) Harmonic Mean Marriage Model

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Schoen (1981) proposes a two-sex marriage function based on the harmonic mean of the numbers of men and women at given ages. This is a comment on the argument provided by Schoen, which shows that it does not in fact lead to a marriage function based on the harmonic mean but on the product of the numbers of men and women at given ages. This does not mean that the harmonic mean is not a valid basis for a marriage function, but only that the argument used by Schoen is not a demonstration of its validity.

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  • Alan P. Matthews, 2012. "A Comment on Schoen's (1981) Harmonic Mean Marriage Model," Mathematical Population Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(3), pages 158-162, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:mpopst:v:19:y:2012:i:3:p:158-162 DOI: 10.1080/08898480.2012.708310
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