The Effect of Marital Statuson Male Conspicuous Consumption Open Access

Fan, Mingyan (2015)

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This paper examines the theory that single males use conspicuous consumption as a mating strategy to attract females by comparing the level of quarterly conspicuous consumption made by single males to married males based on the Consumer Expenditure Survey, a national survey that records household-level consumption pattern. According to the result, married males consume less conspicuous goods than single males on average, which confirms the mating strategy theory.

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1. Introduction 1

2. Background and Related Literature 3

3. Data 7

4. Methodology 8

5. Results 10

6. Conclusion 17

7. References 19

8. Appendix 23

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