Courtship as a Waiting Game

@article{Bergstrom1993CourtshipAA,
  title={Courtship as a Waiting Game},
  author={Theodore C. Bergstrom and Mark Bagnoli},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  year={1993},
  volume={101},
  pages={185 - 202}
}
In most times and places, women on average marry older men. We propose a partial explanation for this difference and for why it is diminishing. In a society in which the economic roles of males are more varied than the roles of females, the relative desirability of females as marriage partners may become evident at an earlier age than is the case for males. We study an equilibrium model in which the males who regard their prospects as unusually good choose to wait until their economic success… 
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