Day: March 20, 2017

Everything in its proper perspective

Women’s choice of keeping surnames post marriages: Some economics..

Mostly Economics

I have been trying to read some non-crisis and non-macro papers these days (to remain sane).

I just came across this superb paper written in 2001 by Claudia Goldin and Maris Shim. It looks at this issue of whether women keep their maiden name or their husband surname post marriage.  The paper went onto become  part of ongoing project called Harvard and Beyond.

The paper looks at two datasets. Both datasets show women increasingly retain their maiden names. This is because of changes in society with women getting increasingly educated and professionally known. When women “make a name” they increasingly retain their maiden name:

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The changing marriage market in East Asia..

Mostly Economics

A fascinating paper by Daiji Kawaguchi (Hitotsubashi University) and Soohyung Lee (University of Maryland) (HT: Al Roth Blog). It is always exciting to read papers which give an economic perspective to basic human activities like marriage (thanks to Gary Becker).

It seems there is an increase in foreign brides in countries like Korea and Japan. These brides are usually coming from countries like Vietnam and Philippines.

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How much is Working for Families per year?

The last Labour Government so hated tax cuts that it would not call its family tax credit a family tax credit. For those on the minimum wage, it could increase your income by 1/3rd. Oddly enough, because of abatement rates of 22.5% after $36,000, two minimum wage earners do not get much at all.

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