Is the male marriage premium due to selection? The effect of shotgun weddings on the return to marriage

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Ginther, Donna; Zavodny, Madeline;
  • Publisher: Atlanta, GA: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Subject: Wages | Demography | Male marriage premium · shotgun marriages | Demography ; Wages
    • jel: jel:J31 | jel:J12
      ddc: ddc:330
    mesheuropmc: health care economics and organizations

In standard cross-sectional wage regressions, married men appear to earn 10 to 20 percent more than comparable never-married men. One proposed explanation for this male marriage premium is that men may be selected into marriage on the basis of characteristics valued by ... View more
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