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The Economics of Marriage

Edited by Shoshana A. Grossbard, Professor of Economics, San Diego State University, US
Shoshana Grossbard, a leading scholar in this field, has selected the most influential classic and recent articles which highlight the economic importance of marriage and related institutions. The volume first considers marriage and related outcomes, including cohabitation, matching, brideprice and dowry, and law and economic questions relating to divorce. It then investigates the consequences of marriage and marriage markets for labour supply, household production, wages, consumption, household finance, education and fertility. A clear original introduction by the editor provides an illuminating guide to the selected articles and to their place within the economic and demographic literature.
Extent: 936 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78471 024 8
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Shoshana Grossbard, a leading scholar in this field, has selected the most influential classic and recent articles which highlight the economic importance of marriage and related institutions. The volume first considers marriage and related outcomes, including cohabitation, matching, brideprice and dowry, and law and economic questions relating to divorce. It then investigates the consequences of marriage and marriage markets for labour supply, household production, wages, consumption, household finance, education and fertility. A clear original introduction by the editor provides an illuminating guide to the selected articles and to their place within the economic and demographic literature.
36 articles, dating from 1971 to 2015
Contributors include: G.A. Akerlof, G.S. Becker, B.R. Bergmann, P.-A. Chiappori, W. Darity, S. Lundberg, M.B. McElroy, B. Stevenson, J. Wolfers, J.L. Yellen
Contents:

Introduction
Shoshana A. Grossbard

PART I EXPLAINING MARRIAGE AND RELATED OUTCOMES
A . Marriage and Cohabitation
1. Gary S. Becker (1973), ‘A Theory of Marriage: Part I’, Journal of Political Economy, 81 (4), July–August, 813–46

2. Gary S. Becker (1974), ‘A Theory of Marriage: Part II’, Journal of Political Economy, 82 (2, Part 2), March–April, S11–S26

3. Michael C. Keeley (1977), ‘The Economics of Family Formation’, Economic Inquiry, XV (2), April, 238–50

4. Darrick Hamilton, Arthur H. Goldsmith and William Darity Jr. (2009), ‘Shedding “Light” on Marriage: The Influence of Skin Shade on Marriage for Black Females’, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 72 (1), October, 30–50

5. Kerwin Kofi Charles and Ming Ching Luoh (2010), ‘Male Incarceration, the Marriage Market, and Female Outcomes’, Review of Economics and Statistics, 92 (3), August, 614–27

6. M.V. Lee Badgett, Gary J. Gates and Natalya C. Maisel (2008), ‘Registered Domestic Partnerships among Gay Men and Lesbians: The Role of Economic Factors’, Review of Economics of the Household, 6 (4), December, 327–46 [

B. Matching Patterns
7. Amyra Grossbard (1976), ‘An Economic Analysis of Polygyny: The Case of Maiduguri’, Current Anthropology, 17 (4), December, 701–7

8. Eugene Choo and Aloysius Siow (2006), ‘Who Marries Whom and Why’, Journal of Political Economy, 114 (1), February, 175–201

9. Günter J. Hitsch, Ali Hortaçsu and Dan Ariely (2010), ‘Matching and Sorting in Online Dating’, American Economic Review, 100 (1), March, 130–63
10. Pierre-André Chiappori, Sonia Oreffice and Climent Quintana-Domeque (2012), ‘Fatter Attraction: Anthropometric and Socioeconomic Matching on the Marriage Market’, Journal of Political Economy, 120 (4), August, 659–95

C. Brideprice and Dowry
11. Martin Bronfenbrenner (1971), ‘A Note on the Economics of the Marriage Market’, Journal of Political Economy, 79 (6), November–December, 1424–25

12. Siwan Anderson (2007), ‘The Economics of Dowry and Brideprice’, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 21 (4), Fall, 151–74

D. Divorce and Divorce-Related Laws
13. Anne Laferrère (2001), ‘Marriage Settlements’, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 103 (3), September, 485–504

14. Evelyn L. Lehrer (2003), ‘The Economics of Divorce’, in Shoshana A. Grossbard-Shechtman (ed.), Marriage and the Economy: Theory and Evidence from Advanced Industrial Societies, Chapter 3, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 55–74

15. Justin Wolfers (2006), ‘Did Unilateral Divorce Laws Raise Divorce Rates? A Reconciliation and New Results’, American Economic Review, 96 (5), December, 1802–820

E. Who Benefits from Polygamy?
16. Barbara R. Bergmann (1995), ‘Becker’s Theory of the Family: Preposterous Conclusions’, Feminist Economics, 1 (1), 141–50

17. Eric D. Gould, Omer Moav and Avi Simhon (2008), ‘The Mystery of Monogamy’, American Economic Review, 98 (1), March, 333–57

PART II CONSEQUENCES OF MARRIAGE AND MARRIAGE MARKET CONDITIONS
A. Marriage and Labor Supply

18. Shoshana A. Grossbard-Shechtman and Shoshana Neuman (1988), ‘Women’s Labor Supply and Marital Choice’, Journal of Political Economy, 96 (6), December, 1294–302

19. P.F. Apps and R. Rees (1996), ‘Labour Supply, Household Production and Intra-family Welfare Distribution’, Journal of Public Economics, 60 (2), May, 199–219

20. Pierre-André Chiappori, Bernard Fortin and Guy Lacroix (2002), ‘Marriage Market, Divorce Legislation, and Household Labor Supply’, Journal of Political Economy, 110 (1), February, 37–72

21. Shoshana Grossbard and Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (2007), ‘Cohort-level Sex Ratio Effects on Women’s Labor Force Participation’, Review of Economics of the Household, 5 (3), September, 249–78

B. Marriage and Household Production
22. Shoshana Amyra Grossbard, J. Ignacio Gimenez Nadal and José Alberto Molina (2014), ‘Racial Intermarriage and Household Production’, Review of Behavioral Economics, 1 (4), 295–347

23. Luise Görges (2015), ‘The Power of Love: A Subtle Driving-Force for Unegalitarian Labor Division?’, Review of Economics of the Household, 13 (1), March, 163–92

C. Marriage and Wages
24. Sanders Korenman and David Neumark (1991), ‘Does Marriage Really Make Men More Productive?’, Journal of Human Resources, 26 (2), Spring, 282–307

25. Avner Ahituv and Robert I. Lerman (2011), ‘Job Turnover, Wage Rates, and Marital Stability: How Are They Related?’, Review of Economics of the Household, 9 (2), June, 221–49

D. Marriage, Consumption and Wellbeing
26. Marjorie B. McElroy (1990), ‘The Empirical Content of Nash-Bargained Household Behavior’, Journal of Human Resources, XXV (4), Autumn, 559–83

27. Duncan Thomas (1990), ‘Intra-Household Resource Allocation: An Inferential Approach’, Journal of Human Resources, XXV (4), Autumn, 635–64

28. Shelly J. Lundberg, Robert A. Pollak and Terence J. Wales (1997), ‘Do Husbands and Wives Pool Their Resources? Evidence from the United Kingdom Child Benefit’, Journal of Human Resources, XXXII (3), 463–80

29. Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers (2006), ‘Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law: Divorce Laws and Family Distress’, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 121 (1), February, 267–88

30. Masanori Kuroki (2014), ‘The Effect of Sex Ratios on Suicide’, Health Economics, 23 (12), December, 1502–10

E. Marriage, Household Finances and Savings
31. Frances Woolley (2003), ‘Control over Money in Marriage’, in Shoshana A. Grossbard-Shechtman (ed.), Marriage and the Economy: Theory and Evidence from Advanced Industrial Societies, Chapter 5, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 105–28

32. Michèle Tertilt (2005), ‘Polygyny, Fertility, and Savings’, Journal of Political Economy, 113 (6), December, 1341–71

33. Wataru Kureishi and Midori Wakabayashi (2013), ‘What Motivates Single Women to Save? The Case of Japan’, Review of Economics of the Household, 11 (4), December, 681–704

34. Julie M. Zissimopoulos, Benjamin R. Karney and Amy J. Rauer (2015), ‘Marriage and Economic Well-being at Older Ages’, Review of Economics of the Household, 13 (1), March, 1–35

F. Marriage and Education
35. Jeanne Lafortune (2013), ‘Making Yourself Attractive: Pre-Marital Investments and the Returns to Education in the Marriage Market’, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5 (2), April, 151–78

G. Marriage and Fertility
36. George A. Akerlof, Janet L. Yellen and Michael L. Katz (1996), ‘An Analysis of Out-of-Wedlock Childbearing in the United States’, Quarterly Journal of Economics, CXI (2), May, 277–317

Index