Cross‐Border Marriage Costs and Marriage Behavior: Theory and Evidence

28 Pages Posted: 22 May 2020

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Yoram Weiss

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Junjian Yi

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Economics

Junsen Zhang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 2018

Abstract

This article analyzes cross‐border marriages between mainland China and Hong Kong (HK). We examine the effects of a reduction in cross‐border marriage costs following an increase in marriage‐migration quotas and the handover of HK to China. We find that cross‐border marriages mainly involve men from the low tail of the HK attribute distribution. We also find that HK women's position in the marriage market and within households deteriorated following the reduction in cross‐border marriage costs and that their disadvantaged position exerts an incentive effect on their labor market behavior. These outcomes are consistent with our matching model.

Suggested Citation

Weiss, Yoram and Yi, Junjian and Zhang, Junsen, Cross‐Border Marriage Costs and Marriage Behavior: Theory and Evidence (May 2018). International Economic Review, Vol. 59, Issue 2, pp. 757-784, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3602059 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iere.12287

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