Marriage and the City

Pieter A. Gautier, Michael Svarer, Coen N. Teulings

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Abstract

Do people move to cities because of marriage market considerations? In cities singles can meet more potential partners than in rural areas. Singles are therefore prepared to pay a premium in terms of higher housing prices. Once married, the marriage market benefits disappear while the housing premium remains. We extend the model of Burdett and Coles (1997) with a distinction between efficient (cities) and less efficient (non-cities) search markets. One implication of the model is that singles are more likely to move from rural areas to cities while married couples are more likely to make the reverse movement. A second prediction of the model is that attractive singles benefit most from a dense market (i.e. from being choosy). Those predictions are tested with a unique Danish dataset.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherTinbergen Instituut
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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NameDiscussion paper TI
No.05-015/3

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Gautier, P. A., Svarer, M., & Teulings, C. N. (2005). Marriage and the City. (Discussion paper TI; No. 05-015/3). Amsterdam: Tinbergen Instituut.
Gautier, Pieter A. ; Svarer, Michael ; Teulings, Coen N. / Marriage and the City. Amsterdam : Tinbergen Instituut, 2005. (Discussion paper TI; 05-015/3).
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