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    Elective affinities

    Di Cagno, D. and Sciubba, Emanuela and Spallone, M. (2011) Elective affinities. Theoretical Economic Letters 1 (3), pp. 134-136. ISSN 2162-2078.

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    We propose a marriage model where assortative matching results in equilibrium for reasons other than those driving similar results in the search and matching literature. A marriage is a joint venture where husband and wife contribute to the couple’s welfare by allocating their time to portfolios of risky activities. Men and women are characterised by different preferences over risk and the optimal match is between partners with the same level of risk aversion. In our model no two men (women) rank the same woman (men) as most desirable. Given that there is no unanimous ranking of candidates, everyone marries in equilibrium their most preferred partner


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Emanuela Sciubba
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 10:22
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:04


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