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Influence of Over-and Underconfidence on Marriage Market

  • Akiko Maruyama

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    (Postgraduate, Kwansei Gakuin University)

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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Paper provided by School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 36.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2008
Date of revision: Feb 2008
Handle: RePEc:kgu:wpaper:36
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