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995 The Empirical Content of Marital Surplus in Matching Models Karina Doorley, Arnaud Dupuy, Simon Weber 2018 10, 9 S.

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This note investigates the extent to which structural estimates of marital surplus are informative about subjective well-being and separation. We first estimate the marital surplus using a simple matching model of the marriage market with perfectly transferable utility and heterogeneity in tastes applied to a rich German panel dataset. We then show that these estimates of the marital surplus are negatively correlated with separation and the difference in spouses’ subjective satisfaction.


Matching market, marital surplus, subjective well-being, separation