Evidence from US court records for the 1973-1995 period suggests that there is a racial bias against minority defendants in capital punishment cases. First degree courts were more severe when minority defendants were accused of killing a white victim than when the victim was non-white. This bias is only detected in the Southern States of the US.
Alesina & La Ferrara (2014) American Economic Review
People trade off attractiveness with potential earnings when looking for a partner. In the US men equate 1,3 BMI points with 1% increase in wages, women compensate 2 BMI points with one year of education.
Chiappori & Oreffice (2012) Journal of Political Economy
Husbands are usually older than their wives. Some explanations of this focus on income differences, however the age-gap is also influenced by fertility differences between men and women, namely that women are fertile for a shorter duration than men.
Diaz-Gimenez et al. (2013) International Economic Review
Young singles have an incentive to forge partnerships early to avoid being ‘left on the shelf’. Women with good future career opportunities have an incentive to delay marriage, and thus marry men younger than themselves.
Coles et al. (2011) International Economic Review
Children from interracial marriages adopt a distinct identity that does not follow statistically ‘white’ nor ‘black’ behaviors, but a combination of both.
Ruebeck et al. (2009) B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy
Unilateral divorce laws helped those in abusive relationships to end the marriage and, subsequently, reduced domestic violence in the US.
Stevenson et al. Quarterly Journal of Economics (2006)
Abortion legalisation in the early 1970s in the US changed the composition of children that were born. As young adults, these children were more likely to graduate from college and less likely to claim welfare.
Ananat et al., Review of Economics and Statistics (2009)