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The Effects of Assortative Mating on Income Inequality: A Decompositional Analysis

Worner, Shane Mathew


Using the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Survey of Income and Household Costs, this paper explores the effect of changing assortative mating patterns on income inequality. Evidence from theoretical and mathematically calibrated models suggest that assortative mating has distributional implications for measurable traits, which include income. Using a semi-parametric conditional weighted kernel density estimation framework we analyse the effect of assortative mating on the distribution of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Date published: 2006-11
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Access Rights: Open Access


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