The Marriage Motive: A Price Theory of Marriage

How Marriage Markets Affect Employment, Consumption, and Savings

  • Shoshana¬†Grossbard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Shoshana Grossbard
    Pages 1-18
  3. A Model of Work-In-Household and Labor Supply with Privately Consumed Household Goods

  4. Labor Supply and Other Time Uses

  5. Consumption and Savings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Shoshana Grossbard, Alfredo M. Pereira
      Pages 191-209

About this book


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.

Authors and affiliations

  • Shoshana¬†Grossbard
    • 1
  1. 1.San DiegoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1622-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1623-4
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