Wolfinger suggesting singles over 32 are not marriage material, not me. Looking at schooling decisions, Oreopoulos argued that myopia helps explain why some teens drop out of school early.
The results are robust to a variety of alternative specifications and estimation methods, including limited information maximum likelihood LIML estimation and a control function approach.
Women who marry early can have a high likelihood of ending up poor later in life, yet can still be optimizing. A woman chooses whether to accept a teen marriage offer or drop out of school based on the relative attractiveness of her alternatives. The minimum age requirements of 12 and 14 were eventually written into English civil law.
The data suggest that self-identified liberals favor later ages for both men and women to marry than moderates or conservatives.
When exceptions are taken into consideration, 25 states actually do not have an absolute minimum marriageable age.