Job Market Paper

In this paper I develop a model of marriage, bargaining and time allocation to assess the quantitative importance of changes in the sex ratios on paid work, housework, leisure and assortative mating. I then calibrate the model with Chinese data, as the country has been experiencing a surge in boy births relative to girls' since the 1980s. I find that changes in the sex ratio explain around half of the changes in married women paid work and leisure time between 1990 and 2010. Moreover, I find that the effect of the sex ratio operated mainly through bargaining within the household, and very marginally via marital sorting. 

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Marriage Returns to Education and Female College Attainment

Assortative mating in education has risen in the United States since the 1960s, while female college attainment has surpassed that of males, despite male and female college premiums behaving similarly. In this paper, I argue that the marriage market returns to education may have increased more for women than for men, through a variety of channels, including the possibility that women care more about their offspring and differences in household responsibilities.

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