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Fatter attraction: Anthropometric and socioeconomic matching on the marriage market

Chiappori, PA, Oreffice, S and Quintana-Domeque, C (2012) Fatter attraction: Anthropometric and socioeconomic matching on the marriage market Journal of Political Economy, 120 (4). pp. 659-695.

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Abstract

We construct a marriage market model of matching along multiple dimensions, some of which are unobservable, in which individual preferences can be summarized by a one-dimensional index combining the various characteristics. We show that, under testable assumptions, these indices are ordinally identified and that the male and female trade-offs between their partners' characteristics are overidentified. Using PSID data onmarried couples, we recover the marginal rates of substitution between body mass index (BMI) and wages or education: men may compensate 1.3 additional units of BMI with a 1 percent increase in wages, whereas women may compensate two BMI units with 1 year of education. © 2012 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

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NameEmailORCID
Chiappori, PAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Oreffice, Ss.oreffice@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Quintana-Domeque, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 August 2012
Identification Number : 10.1086/667941
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:25
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:35
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/819523

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