Something suddenly came up at the office

Now here’s a neat idea, nicely executed, with non-obvious results. And you can tell your friends about it over a dinner party. What more can you want from good social science research?

Working Late: Do Workplace Sex Ratios Affect Partnership  Formation and Dissolution?
Michael Svarer
In this paper, I analyse the association between workplace sex ratios and partnership formation and dissolution. I find that the risk of dissolution increases with the fraction of coworkers of the opposite sex at both the female and male workplace. On the other hand, workplace sex ratios are not important for the overall transition rate from singlehood to partnership. The results suggest that the workplace constitutes a more important marriage market segment for individuals who are already in a partnership presumably due to higher search cost for (alternative) partners in general.

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