On the age at marriage: Theory and evidence from Jews and Moslems in Israel

Leif Danziger, Shoshana Neuman

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Abstract

In this paper we extend the Becker-Keeley and Bergstrom-Bagnoli theories of the optimal age at marriage and derive systematic cross-cultural differences in the marriage pattern. We then examine the empirical relevance of the hypotheses for Jewish and Moslem population groups in Israel. The empirical analysis is more detailed than previous studies by, for example, splitting the sample according to the wife's labor market status. The evidence supports the Becker-Keeley prediction about the effects of the spouses' wage rates, the Bergstrom-Bagnoli prediction about the effect of the husband's wage rate in a traditional society, and the additional hypotheses we propose.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-193
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Age at marriage
  • Israel
  • Jews and moslems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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