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A behavioral two-sex marriage model

By John Dagsvik, Helge Brunborg and Ane Flaatten

Abstract

In this paper we propose a particular marriage model, i.e., a model for the number of marriages for each age combination as a function of the vectors of the number of single men and women in each age group. The model is based on Dagsvik (2000) where it is demonstrated that a general type of matching behavior imply, under specific assumptions about the distribution of the preferences of the women and men, a convenient expression for the corresponding marriage model. Data from the Norwegian Population Register for nine years are applied to estimate the model. We subsequently test the hypothesis that, apart from a random “noise”; component, the age-specific parameters of the model change over time according to a common trend. We find that the hypothesis is not rejected by our data.Two-sex demographic models, Marriage models, Two-sided matching,

DOI identifier: 10.1080/08898480109525498
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