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dc.contributor.authorMansour, Hanien_US
dc.contributor.authorMcKinnish, Terraen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-03en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-15T15:02:50Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-15T15:02:50Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/55303-
dc.description.abstractIn direct contrast to conventional wisdom and most economic models of gender differences in age of marriage, we present robust evidence that men and women who are married to differently-aged spouses are negatively selected. Earnings analysis of married couples in the 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000 Decennial Censuses finds that male earnings decrease with within-couple age difference, regardless of whether the man is older or younger than his wife. In contrast, female earnings increase with within-couple age difference. We argue and present evidence that women in differently-aged couples have higher earnings not because of positive selection, but because their hours of work increase in response to partnering with a lower earning man. We test for negative selection into differently-aged couples using three measures: average earnings per hour in occupation using Census data, cognitive skills assessments from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 cohort (NLSY79), and measures of physical appearance from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The point estimates indicate negative selection on all of these characteristics, although statistical significance varies by outcome and sample.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher|aDeutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) |cBerlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aDIW Discussion Papers |x1123en_US
dc.subject.jelJ11en_US
dc.subject.jelJ12en_US
dc.subject.jelJ24en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordmarital sortingen_US
dc.subject.keywordoccupational choiceen_US
dc.subject.keywordnon-labor market outcomesen_US
dc.subject.stwEheen_US
dc.subject.stwAltersgruppeen_US
dc.subject.stwWeibliche Arbeitskräfteen_US
dc.subject.stwFraueneinkommenen_US
dc.subject.stwBerufswahlen_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleWho marries differently-aged spouses? Earnings, ability and appearanceen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn684713950en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp1123en_US

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