Personality traits and the marriage market

Arnaud Dupuy, Alfred Galichon

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    Which and how many attributes are relevant for the sorting of agents in a matching market? This paper addresses these questions by constructing indices of mutual attractiveness that aggregate information about agents’ attributes. The first k indices for agents on each side of the market provide the best approximation of the matching surplus by a k-dimensional model. The methodology is applied on a unique Dutch household survey containing information about education, height, body mass index, health, attitude toward risk, and personality traits of spouses.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1271-1319
    Number of pages49
    JournalJournal of Political Economy
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics


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