Marriage

Marriage Through the Lens of Economics

I use economics to investigate marriage patterns. We can imagine a marriage market in which people are "shopping" for their partners and bargain for the prices. This approach is quite useful to understand a set of observed marriage patterns. This approach offers explanations to why educated people tend to marry each other, for example.

Culture Remixed: Professor Jennifer Cole Explores Marriages Between Frenchmen and Malagasy Women

Go to almost any family reunion, and you’ll find some of the same things: gossip and posturing, old photos and favorite recipes, brand new babies and aged ancestors. For anthropologist Jennifer Cole, these often-awkward gatherings are rich opportunities for fieldwork that offer a glimpse into the emergence of a transnational culture as it forms.