Parental housing wealth and children’s marriage prospects in China – Evidence from CHARLS

We estimate the association between parental housing wealth and children’s marriage prospects in China by drawing data from the China Health and Retirement
Longitudinal Survey (CHARLS). We focus on children aged 16–35 who were unmarried in 2011 and track their marriage outcomes in 2015. Our results show that parental housing wealth acts as a signal for males in the Chinese marriage market, which is characterized by a strongly unbalanced sex ratio. Males are more likely to get married if their parents own high-value houses, especially among rural households. The relationship is not significant for females.

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