- Hardcover: 209 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 2015 edition (November 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1461416221
- ISBN-13: 978-1461416227
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,174,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Marriage Motive: A Price Theory of Marriage: How Marriage Markets Affect Employment, Consumption, and Savings 2015th Edition
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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)
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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.