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Fatter Attraction: Anthropometric and Socioeconomic Matching on the Marriage Market

Pierre A. Chiappori; Sonia Oreffice; Climent Quintana-Domeque

Title:
Fatter Attraction: Anthropometric and Socioeconomic Matching on the Marriage Market
Author(s):
Chiappori, Pierre A.
Oreffice, Sonia
Quintana-Domeque, Climent
Date:
Type:
Working papers
Department:
Economics
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Series:
Department of Economics Discussion Papers
Part Number:
1011-06
Publisher:
Department of Economics, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
We construct a matching model on the marriage market along more than one characteristic, where individuals have preferences over physical attractiveness and socioeconomic characteristics that can be summarized by a one-dimensional index combining these various attributes. We show that under a (testable) separability assumption, the indices are ordinally identified. We estimate the model using data from the PSID. Our separability tests do not reject. We find that among men, a 10% increase in BMI can be compensated by a higher wage of around 3%. Similarly, for women, an additional year of education may compensate up to three BMI units.
Subject(s):
Economic theory
Social research
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