Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110110
Authors: 
Fletcher, Jason M.
Padrón, Norma
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8936
Abstract: 
An important paper by Chiappori et al. (2012) has proposed an elegant and parsimonious model of spousal matching over multi-dimensional characteristics. Importantly, the model suggests specific testable assumptions that allow researchers to uncover marginal rates of substitution (MRS) between spousal traits, and the authors use the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to show that the model is not rejected by the data. In this paper, we extend the analysis to two additional representative samples of US couples and find in each case, the data reject the MRS implication of the model.
Subjects: 
marriage market
marriage matching
multidimensional matching
trade-offs
spouses
body mass index (BMI)
education
JEL: 
D1
J1
C78
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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