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Male Investment in Schooling with Frictional Labour and Marriage Markets

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Roberto Bonilla Trejos, Dr Francis Kiraly



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In the last four decades, there has been a massive increase in female schooling, accompanied by a reversal of the gender schooling gap. We offer a theoretical explanation for this change. We construct an equilibrium search model with inter-linked frictional labour and marriage markets. We incorporate two types of return to male schooling: a labour market return (higher expected wages) and a marriage market return (increased marriageability due to high wages). We establish that an increase in the level of female education and/or the share of educated women can reduce incentives for men to invest in education (due to its effect in the marriage market).

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Author(s): Bonilla R, Kiraly F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Review of Economics of the Household

Year: 2023

Pages: Epub ahead of print

Online publication date: 19/06/2023

Acceptance date: 10/05/2023

Date deposited: 30/04/2019

ISSN (print): 1569-5239

ISSN (electronic): 1573-7152

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s11150-023-09660-y


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