CDE Working Paper #99-31

Estimation for the Marriage Model

John Allen Logan
Peter D. Hoff
Michael A. Newton


We consider a parametric version of the two-sided matching model of marriage described in Roth and Sotomayor (1990). There are two matching populations, men and women. Members of each population have utilities for pairing with members of the other population, which results in a stable set of matches among the two populations. We present a method of estimating the degree to which characteristics of individuals affect the utilities upon which the matches are based.