The Mathematics of Sex and Marriage
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY BERKELEY United States
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The models of this paper attempt to account for the age, sex, and marital status distributions of human populations. A marriage market develops around preferences for mates of different ages, and we study this market as changes in age distributions change the availability of mates. Unless we know how to relate marriages to the exposed population, we cannot even calculate rates that will tell us whether marriage is increasing or decreasing. Sections 11 to 16 below attempt an empirically based solution of the two-sex problem.