Personality traits and the marriage market

Arnaud Dupuy, Alfred Galichon

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    Which and how many attributes are relevant for the sorting of agents in a matching market? This paper addresses these questions by constructing indices of mutual attractiveness that aggregate information about agents’ attributes. The first k indices for agents on each side of the market provide the best approximation of the matching surplus by a k-dimensional model. The methodology is applied on a unique Dutch household survey containing information about education, height, body mass index, health, attitude toward risk, and personality traits of spouses.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1271-1319
    Number of pages49
    JournalJournal of Political Economy
    Volume122
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

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    Marriage market
    Personality traits
    Matching markets
    Health
    Attractiveness
    Education
    Spouses
    Approximation
    Methodology
    Surplus
    Household survey
    Body mass index
    Sorting

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    Personality traits and the marriage market. / Dupuy, Arnaud; Galichon, Alfred.

    In: Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 122, No. 6, 01.12.2014, p. 1271-1319.

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    Dupuy, A & Galichon, A 2014, 'Personality traits and the marriage market', Journal of Political Economy, vol. 122, no. 6, pp. 1271-1319. https://doi.org/10.1086/677191
    Dupuy, Arnaud ; Galichon, Alfred. / Personality traits and the marriage market. In: Journal of Political Economy. 2014 ; Vol. 122, No. 6. pp. 1271-1319.
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