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Stable Marriage, Household Consumption and Unobserved Match Quality

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  • Martin Browning
  • Laurens Cherchye
  • Thomas Demuynck
  • Bram De Rock
  • Frederic Vermeulen

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We present a methodology for the structural empirical analysis of household consumption and time use behaviour under marital stability. Our approach is of the revealed preference type and non-parametric, meaning that it does not require a prior functional specification of individual utilities. Without making use of the transferable utility assumption, but still allowing for monetary transfers, our method can identify individuals' unobserved match qualities and quantify them in money metric terms. We can include both preference factors, affecting individuals' preferences over private and public goods, and match quality factors, driving differences in unobserved match quality. We demonstrate the practical usefulness of our methodology through an application to the Belgian MEqIn data. Our results reveal intuitive patterns of unobserved match quality that allow us to rationalise both the observed matches and the within-household allocations of time and money.

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  • Martin Browning & Laurens Cherchye & Thomas Demuynck & Bram De Rock & Frederic Vermeulen, 2021. "Stable Marriage, Household Consumption and Unobserved Match Quality," Working Papers ECARES 2021-15, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    Keywords

    household consumption; marital stability; unobserved match quality; revealed preference analysis; intrahousehold allocation.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory

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