Why Do Some Guys Work Hard At School And Career? To Impress Women!

An interesting paper from Eric D. Gould. Although not a surprising result. And shows there may be “some truth” to the claim that: men have built civilizations in order to impress women.

Of course, not all guys work hard at school and career. But some do. And with those guys who work hard at school and careers, it seems their motivation tends to be to impress women. (Just to be specific, my impression is that this doesn’t imply they will take just any women. But that they are trying to impress and get their “ideal” women.)

Marriage and Career: The Dynamic Decisions of Young Men

Eric D. Gould

Hebrew University, Shalem Center, Centre for Economic Policy Research, and Institute for the Study of Labor

This paper examines the extent to which human capital and career decisions are affected by their potential returns in the marriage market. Although schooling and career decisions often are made before getting married, these decisions are likely to affect the future chances of receiving a marriage offer, the type of offer, and the probability of getting divorced. Therefore, I estimate a forwardlooking model of the marriage and career decisions of young men between the ages of 16 and 39. The results show that if there were no returns to career choices in the marriage market, men would tend to work less, study less, and choose blue-collar jobs over white-collar jobs. These findings suggest that the existing literature underestimates the true returns to human capital investments by ignoring their returns in the marriage market.

(Emphasis mine.)


(H/T Eric Barker)

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