Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93282
Authors: 
Greenwood, Jeremy
Guner, Nezih
Kocharkov, Georgi
Santos, Cezar
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7895
Abstract: 
Has there been an increase in positive assortative mating? Does assortative mating contribute to household income inequality? Data from the United States Census Bureau suggests there has been a rise in assortative mating. Additionally, assortative mating affects household income inequality. In particular, if matching in 2005 between husbands and wives had been random, instead of the pattern observed in the data, then the Gini coefficient would have fallen from the observed 0.43 to 0.34, so that income inequality would be smaller. Thus, assortative mating is important for income inequality. The high level of married female labor-force participation in 2005 is important for this result.
Subjects: 
assortative mating
married female labor supply
inequality
JEL: 
D31
J11
J12
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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