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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



This is the final published version of a working paper that has been published in its final definitive form by Munich Society for the Promotion of Economic Research - CESifo, 2019.

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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).

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bonilla R, Kiraly F

Publication type: Working Paper

Publication status: Published

Journal: CESifo Working Papers

Year: 2019

Publisher: Munich Society for the Promotion of Economic Research - CESifo