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Personality traits and the marriage market

Abstract : 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. [First lines]
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Arnaud Dupuy, Alfred Galichon. Personality traits and the marriage market. Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, 2014, 122 (6), pp.1271 - 1319. ⟨10.1086/677191⟩. ⟨hal-03470458⟩

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