This setting lets you change the way you view articles. You can choose to have articles open in a dialog window, a new tab, or directly in the same window.
Open in Dialog
Open in New Tab
Open in same window

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 5 No. 2 (April 2013)

Expand

Quick Tools:

Print Article Summary
Export Citation
Sign up for Email Alerts Follow us on Twitter Subscription Information
(Institutional Administrator Access)

Explore:

AEJ: Applied - All Issues

AEJ: Applied Forthcoming Articles

Making Yourself Attractive: Pre-marital Investments and the Returns to Education in the Marriage Market

Article Citation

Lafortune, Jeanne. 2013. "Making Yourself Attractive: Pre-marital Investments and the Returns to Education in the Marriage Market." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(2): 151-78.

DOI: 10.1257/app.5.2.151

Abstract

I explore how a gender's scarcity may impact educational investments using exogenous variation in the marriage market of second generation Americans in early twentieth century. I find that worse marriage market conditions spur higher pre-marital investments: the effect for males is significant, while, for females, it is only observed in highly endogamous groups. When faced with an exogenously larger number of males per females, males' marriages appear to be less stable and more likely to involve natives and highly educated spouses, while women are less likely to work and, for those in high endogamous groups, marry more immigrants. (JEL C78, D83, J12, J16, N31)

Article Full-Text Access

Full-text Article

Additional Materials

Download Data Set (188.88 MB) | Online Appendix (202.67 KB) | Author Disclosure Statement(s) (46.14 KB)

Authors

Lafortune, Jeanne (Institute of Economics, Pontifical Catholic U Chile)

JEL Classifications

C78: Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
D83: Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
J12: Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse
J16: Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
N31: Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy: U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913

Comments

View Comments on This Article (0) | Login to post a comment


American Economic Journal: Applied Economics


Quick Tools:

Sign up for Email Alerts

Follow us on Twitter

Subscription Information
(Institutional Administrator Access)

Explore:

AEJ: Applied - All Issues

AEJ: Applied - Forthcoming Articles

Virtual Field Journals


AEA Member Login:


AEAweb | AEA Journals | Contact Us