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More on Marriage, Fertility and the Distribution of Income

  • Jeremy Greenwood

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    (University of Rochester)

  • Nezih Guner

    (Pennsylvania State University)

  • John Knowles

    (University of Pennsylvania)

According to Pareto (1896), the distribution of income depends on ``the nature of the people comprising a society, on the organization of the latter, and, also, in part, on chance.'' In the model developed here the ``nature of the people'' is captured by attitudes toward marriage, divorce, fertility, and children. Singles search for mates in a marriage market. Married agents bargain about work, and the quantity and quality of children. They can divorce. Social policies, such as child support requirements, reflect the ``organization of the (society).'' Finally, ``chance'' is modelled by randomness in income, marriage opportunities, and marital bliss.

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Paper provided by University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER) in its series RCER Working Papers with number 489.

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Length: 55 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2002
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Publication status: Forthcoming, International Economic Review
Handle: RePEc:roc:rocher:489
Contact details of provider: Postal: University of Rochester, Center for Economic Research, Department of Economics, Harkness 231 Rochester, New York 14627 U.S.A.

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