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The Collective Marriage Matching Model: Identification, Estimation and Testing

  • Eugene Choo
  • Shannon Seitz
  • Aloysius Siow

We develop and estimate an empirical collective model with endogenous marriage formation, participation, and family labor supply. Intra-household transfers arise endogenously as the transfers that clear the marriage market. The intra-household allocation can be recovered from observations on marriage decisions. Introducing the marriage market in the collective model allows us to independently estimate transfers from labor supplies and from marriage decisions. We estimate a semi-parametric version of our model using 2000 US Census data. Estimates of the model using marriage data are much more consistent with the theoretical predictions than estimates derived from labor supply.

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Paper provided by University of Toronto, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number tecipa-340.

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Length: 67 pages
Date of creation: 09 Oct 2008
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Handle: RePEc:tor:tecipa:tecipa-340
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