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Does Variance Matter? The Effect of Rising Male Inequality on Female Age at First Marriage

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  • Loughran, D.S.

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Female age at first marriage and male wage inequality have increased steadily since the late 1960s in the United States. This paper uses a model of female marital search to demonstrate why these two trends could be related. Elementary job search theory, under risk-neutrality, predicts search duration will increase given a mean preserving spread in the distribution of wage offers, because the expected value of continued job search increases.

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  • Loughran, D.S., 2000. "Does Variance Matter? The Effect of Rising Male Inequality on Female Age at First Marriage," Papers 00-12, RAND - Labor and Population Program.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:randlp:00-12
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    Keywords

    MARRIAGE ; WAGES ; LABOUR MARKET;

    JEL classification:

    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
    • 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

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