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The Influence of Enrollment Expansion Policy on Marriage Market

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DOI: 10.25236/emcs.2018.158


Aiai Shi

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Aiai Shi


Based on the China's two latest censuses and other relevant data, it is learned that the expansion of college enrollment has expanded the size of the university population and, at the same time, reduced the male female ratio, which has a great impact on the marriage market. Combining basic economic theory with the traditional marriage model, this paper analyzes the mechanism of how the college enrollment expansion policy influences the marriage market and establishes empirical models confirms the assumptions. The conclusion is that the university enrollment expansion policy significantly reduced the marriage rate of people who are affected by the expansion, and postpones the age of their first marriage, especially for men.


College enrollment expansion policy, Marriage market, Male female ratio