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Marriage, Labor Supply, and Home Production

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  • Marion Goussé

    (Département d'Economique, Université Laval - Université Laval)

  • Nicolas Jacquemet

    () (PSE - Paris School of Economics, CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne)

  • Jean-Marc Robin

    () (Sciences Po Paris, Department of Economics)

Abstract

We develop a search model of marriage where men and women draw utility from private consumption and leisure, and from a non-market good that is produced in the home using time resources. We condition individual decisions on wages, education, and an index of family attitudes. A match-specific, stochastic bliss shock induces variation in matching given wages, education, and family values, and triggers renegotiation and divorce. Using BHPS (1991–2008) data, we take as given changes in wages, education, and family values by gender, and study their impact on marriage decisions and intra-household resource allocation. The model allows to evaluate how much of the observed gender differences in labor supply results from wages, education, and family attitudes. We find that family attitudes are a strong determinant of comparative advantages in home production of men and women, whereas education complementarities induce assortative mating through preferences.

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  • Marion Goussé & Nicolas Jacquemet & Jean-Marc Robin, 2017. "Marriage, Labor Supply, and Home Production," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-01689155, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-01689155
    DOI: 10.3982/ECTA11221
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    1. Pierre-André Chiappori & Monica Costa Dias & Costas Meghir, 2015. "The marriage market, labor supply and education choice," CeMMAP working papers CWP14/15, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
    2. Goussé, Marion & Jacquemet, Nicolas & Robin, Jean-Marc, 2017. "Household labour supply and the marriage market in the UK, 1991-2008," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 131-149.
    3. Andrew Shephard & George-Levi Gayle, 2015. "Optimal Taxation, Marriage, Home Production, and Family Labor Supply," 2015 Meeting Papers 882, Society for Economic Dynamics.
    4. Low, L. & Meghir, C. & Pistaferri, L. & Voena, A., 2018. "Marriage, Labor Supply and the Dynamics of the Social Safety Net," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1817, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
    5. Marion Goussé & Nicolas Jacquemet & Jean-Marc Robin, 2017. "Household Labour Supply and the Marriage Market in the UK, 1991-2008," Post-Print halshs-01476509, HAL.
    6. Hamish Low & Costas Meghir & Luigi Pistaferri & Alessandra Voena, 2018. "Marriage, Labor Supply and the Dynamics of the Social Safety Net," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 2121, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
    7. Pierre-André Chiappori & Bernard Salanié, 2016. "The Econometrics of Matching Models," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 54(3), pages 832-861, September.

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    Keywords

    structural estimation; Search-matching; bargaining; assortative mating; collective models; time uses; social norms; gender identity;

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