Marrying up: the role of sex ratio in assortative matching
We assemble a novel dataset to study the impact of male scarcity onmarital assortative matching and other marriage market outcomesusing the large shock that WWI caused to the number of French men.Using a difference-in-differences approach, we find that postwar inregions with higher mortality rates: men were less likely to marrywomen of lower social classes; men were more likely and womenless likely to marry; out-of-wedlock births increased; divorce ratesdecreased; and the age gap decreased. These findings are consistentwith men improving their position in the marriage market as theybecome scarcer.
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Volume and page numbers
3 , 124 -157
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