Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86209
Authors: 
Gautier, Pieter A.
Svarer, Michael
Teulings, Coen N.
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 05-015/3
Abstract: 
Do people move to cities because of marriage market considerations? In citiessingles can meet more potential partners than in rural areas. Singles are thereforeprepared to pay a premium in terms of higher housing prices. Once married, themarriage market benefits disappear while the housing premium remains. We extendthe model of Burdett and Coles (1997) with a distinction between efficient (cities)and less efficient (non-cities) search markets. One implication of the model is thatsingles are more likely to move from rural areas to cities while married couples aremore likely to make the reverse movement. A second prediction of the model is thatattractive singles benefit most from a dense market (i.e. from being choosy). Thosepredictions are tested with a unique Danish dataset.
Subjects: 
Marriage
search
mobility
city
JEL: 
J12
J64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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