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Project Citation: 

Pilossoph, Laura, and Wee, Shu Lin . Data and Code for “Household Search and the Marital Wage Premium.” Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2021. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-09-23. https://doi.org/10.3886/E118064V1

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary We develop a model where selection into marriage and household search generate a marital wage premium. Beyond selection, married individuals earn higher wages for two reasons. First, income pooling within a joint household raises risk-averse individuals' reservation wages. Second, married individuals climb the job ladder faster, as they internalize that higher wages increase their partner's selectivity over offers. Specialization according to comparative advantage in search generates a premium that increases in spousal education, as in the data. Quantitatively, household search explains 10-33% and 20-58% of the premium for males and females respectively, and accounts for its increase with spousal education.

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Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms Household Search; Joint Search
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      J63 Labor Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
      J64 Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage USA
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 2000 – 2007


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