Publication Date: March 2015
Revision Date: July 2016
We develop an equilibrium life cycle model of education, marriage and labor supply and consumption in a transferable utility context. Individuals start by choosing their investments in education anticipating returns in the marriage market and the labor market. They then match based on the economic value of marriage and on preferences. Equilibrium in the marriage market determines intrahousehold allocation of resources. Following marriage households (married or single) save, supply labor and consume private and public commodities under uncertainty. Marriage thus has the dual role of providing public goods and oﬀering risk sharing. The model is estimated using the British HPS.
Marriage market, Human capital, Labor supply, Life cycle models, Intrahousehold allocations, Collective model, Education choice, Returns to education
JEL Classification Codes: J12, J16, J22, J24, H31, I24, I26