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HeuristicsThe Foundations of Adaptive Behavior$
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Gerd Gigerenzer, Ralph Hertwig, and Thorsten Pachur

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744282.001.0001

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Aggregate Age-at-Marriage Patterns from Individual Mate-Search Heuristics

Aggregate Age-at-Marriage Patterns from Individual Mate-Search Heuristics

(p.747) Chapter 40 Aggregate Age-at-Marriage Patterns from Individual Mate-Search Heuristics

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Francesco C. Billari

Jorge Simão

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The distribution of age at first marriage shows well-known strong regularities across many countries and recent historical periods. This chapter accounted for these patterns by developing agent-based models that simulate the aggregate behavior of individuals who are searching for marriage partners. Past models assumed fully rational agents with complete knowledge of the marriage market; our simulated agents used psychologically plausible simple heuristic mate search rules that adjust aspiration levels on the basis of a sequence of encounters with potential partners. Substantial individual variation must be included in the models to account for the demographically observed age-at-marriage patterns.

Keywords:   mating, heuristics, sequential search, marriage, simulations

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