Optimal Weights for Marital Sorting Measures

Frederik Almar, Bastian Schulz*

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Changing distributions of male and female types affect the measurement of education-based marriage market sorting. We develop a weighting strategy that minimizes the distortion of sorting measures due to changing type distributions. The optimal weights reflect that female type distributions have changed relatively more in recent decades. Based on our weighted measure, we document increased sorting in Denmark between 1980 and 2018. Alternative measures suggest flat or decreasing trends.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111497
JournalEconomics Letters
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024


  • Positive Assortative Mating
  • Marriage Market Sorting
  • Homophily
  • Educational Attainment
  • Sorting Measures
  • Aggregation
  • Sorting measures
  • Marriage market sorting
  • Positive assortative mating
  • Educational attainment


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