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The Husband-Wife Age Gap at First Marriage : A Cross-Country Analysis

  title={The Husband-Wife Age Gap at First Marriage : A Cross-Country Analysis},
  author={Xu Zhang and Solomon W. Polachek},


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  • Economics, Sociology
  • Journal of Political Economy
  • 1973
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