Imbalanced Sex Ratios and Housing Prices in the U.S.
School of Business
This paper investigates whether imbalanced local sex ratios are associated with housing prices in the U.S. at the county level during the period 2000–2017, based on the hypothesis that the importance for men of advertising financial resources by spending more on housing increases in the marriage market where there is a scarcity of women. The results indicate that an increase of 0.1 in sex ratio is associated with approximately a 2% increase in housing prices, suggesting that men may allocate more resources toward mating effort by increasing their spending on housing when there is an abundance of men. There is little evidence that the positive association was greater during the housing bubble.
Kuroki, M. (2019). Imbalanced sex ratios and housing prices in the U.S.. Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, 50(4): 1441-1459. DOI: 10.1111/grow.12330