Social norms, labor market opportunities, and the marriage gap for skilled women

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In most of the developed world, skilled women marry at a lower rate than unskilled women. We document heterogeneity across countries in how the marriage gap for skilled women has evolved over time. As labor market opportunities for women have improved, the marriage gap has been growing in some countries but shrinking in others. We discuss the comparative statics of a theoretical model in which the (negative) social attitudes toward working women might contribute to the lower marriage rate of skilled women, and might also induce a non-monotonic relationship between their labor market...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Culture and society; Gender

Keywords: Comparative analysis; Cultural aspects; Educational level; Family; Skilled worker

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Bonn, Germany: IZA, 2018

Physical description: [88] p.

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Series: IZA discussion paper; no. 11382

Resource type: Discussion paper

Call number: TD/TNC 132.136

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