The Marriage Motive: A Price Theory of Marriage

How Marriage Markets Affect Employment, Consumption, and Savings

Authors: Grossbard, Shoshana

  • Provides the first comprehensive economic theory of marriage, spanning a wider variety of aspects of marriage including chapters on labor supply of women and the effect of marriage on productivity at work
  • Surveys an extensive literature on various aspects of marriage written by economists, sociologists, anthropologists and others
  • Presents both theoretical and empirical analysis on the topics discussed
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While this book contains numerous facts and empirical findings and touches on policy issues, its main contribution to the existing literature lies in the theoretical perspective it offers. The core of this book is a general equilibrium theory of labor and marriage presented in Chapter 2, which provides the conceptual framework for the rest of the chapters. Two major implications of the theory are sex ratio effects and compensating differentials in marriage. The book demonstrates how a few core concepts, linked via economic analysis, help explain a multitude of findings based on statistical analyses of data from a wide variety of cultures. It is hoped that readers of this book will improve their understanding of how marriage works to help us design better economic and social policies as well as help people live better and happier lives, making the book of interest to not only economists but sociologists and anthropologists as well.

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“The book does give fascinating insights into the development of the Chicagoan approach to family household economics, as well as showing a characteristic ability to apply relatively simple price theoretic models to explain a wide range of empirical phenomena. It can be recommended to researchers, in the social sciences generally as well as in economics, for its insights into the development of the ideas of the ‘Chicago School’ in this area of economics … .” (Patricia Apps, Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. LIII, December, 2015)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Grossbard, Shoshana

    Pages 1-18

  • A Theory of Allocation of Time in Markets for Labor and Marriage: Macromodel

    Grossbard, Shoshana

    Pages 21-32

  • A Theory of Allocation of Time in Markets for Labor and Marriage: Multiple Markets for Work-In-Household

    Grossbard, Shoshana

    Pages 33-37

  • How Marriage Markets Affect Allocation and Valuation of Time Implications from a Macro Model

    Grossbard, Shoshana

    Pages 41-55

  • Compensating Differentials in Marriage Markets and more New Implications for Labor Supply Based on a Marshallian Marriage Market Analysis

    Grossbard, Shoshana

    Pages 57-69

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Marriage Motive: A Price Theory of Marriage
Book Subtitle
How Marriage Markets Affect Employment, Consumption, and Savings
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-1623-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-1623-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-1622-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4250-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 209
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
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