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Assortative mating and Turkish marriage market

Mercan, Murat A. (2011): Assortative mating and Turkish marriage market.

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Abstract

The degree of assortative mating shows the degree of similarity within couples. Many papers try to calculate earnings correlations between husbands and wives. This paper tries to calculate the earnings correlations for Turkey and consider the effect of the sample selection. Our results show that there is a weak positive assortative mating in Turkey, and the bias from the selection is small. In addition, we look at the assortative mating coefficients in different regions in Turkey. Akdeniz region has the biggest correlation coefficient. Karadeniz has the lowest coefficient which is almost zero.

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