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Influence of Over-and Underconfidence on Marriage Market

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  • Akiko Maruyama

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This paper is an examination of the influence of an individual’s self-confidence (over- confidence or underconfidence) on others in the marriage market. We consider a model in which there are three types of men and women according to marital charm, and some men/women overestimate/underestimate their own types. The result obtained is that the self-confidence of some single individuals affects not only themselves but also the marital behavior of other rational singles in the market. Furthermore, self-confidence improves the welfare of the economy if there are enough underconfident men/women or if there are sufficiently few overconfident men/women in the marriage market.

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  • Akiko Maruyama, 2008. "Influence of Over-and Underconfidence on Marriage Market," Discussion Paper Series 36, School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University, revised Feb 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:kgu:wpaper:36
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    Keywords

    marriage; search; overconfidence; underconfidence;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure

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