The economics of hypergamy / Ingvild Almås (IIES, Stockholm University and the Norwegian School of Economics), Andreas Kotsadam (The Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research), Espen R. Moen (The Norwegian Business School), Knut Røed (The Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserAlmås, Ingvild ; Kotsadam, Andreas ; Moen, Espen R. ; Røed, Knut
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, February 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12185
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

Partner selection is a vital feature of human behavior with important consequences for individuals, families, and society. Hypergamy occurs when a husband's earning capacity systematically exceeds that of his wife. We provide a theoretical framework that rationalizes hypergamy even in the absence of gender differences in the distribution of earnings capacity. Using parental earnings rank, a predetermined measure of earnings capacity that solves the simultaneity problem of matching affecting earnings outcomes, we show that hypergamy is an important feature of Norwegian mating patterns. A vignette experiment identifies gender differences in preferences that can explain the observed patterns.