Title

The Marriage Market, Labor Supply and Education Choice

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

3-1-2015

CFDP Number

1994R

CFDP Revision Date

2016-07-01

CFDP Pages

89

Abstract

We develop an equilibrium life cycle model of education, marriage and labor supply and consumption in a transferable utility context. Individuals start by choosing their investments in education anticipating returns in the marriage market and the labor market. They then match based on the economic value of marriage and on preferences. Equilibrium in the marriage market determines intrahousehold allocation of resources. Following marriage households (married or single) save, supply labor and consume private and public commodities under uncertainty. Marriage thus has the dual role of providing public goods and offering risk sharing. The model is estimated using the British HPS.

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