publication . Doctoral thesis . 2014

The Role of Preferences in Union Formation

Arenas Velazquez, Erika;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Research on assortative mating over the past three decades shows a tendency of individuals to marry others with similar characteristics. Positive marital sorting increases income inequality and is positively correlated with wage inequality. Even though marriage choice has important implications for inequality and its persistence, little is known about how marital sorting patterns arise. The positive correlation between spouses' characteristics reflects two forces in the marriage market: demand and supply. Investigating mating preferences in the process of union formation is central to understand marriage market dynamics leading to social inequality. This dissert...
free text keywords: Sociology, Assortative Mating, Educational Homogamy, Marriage Markets, Mating Preferences, Skin Color Homogamy
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