Eugene Choo

Social Sciences (Economics)

Associate Professor


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Professor Eugene Choo is a Malaysian who grew up in Kuching, Sarawak. He received his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from University of Melbourne in 1994 and his PhD in Economics from Yale University in 2001. Before joining Yale-NUS, he held faculty positions at the University of Toronto and University of Calgary.

Professor Choo’s research focus on the economics of the family. He is primarily interested in characterising the formation of marriages and the division of surplus between spouses within marriages. His earlier research has focused on developing models of marriage that empirically identify the role of marital gains or preferences, and the effects of the relative scarcity of single men and women on the distribution of aggregate marriages. His latest working paper looks at the identification of counterfactual marriage distribution from unidentified models.

“Who Marries Whom and Why” (with Aloysius Siow) Journal of Political Economy, 2006, Vol. 114, No.  1 ,  175-201

“Estimating a marriage matching model with spillover effects” (with Aloysius Siow)  Demography, Vol. 43, No.  3, August 2006:463-490

“Interregional Price Difference in the New Orleans Auction Market for Slaves” (with Jean Eid)  Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Vol 26, Issue 4, October 2008:486-509

“The Collective Matching Model: Identification, Estimation and Testing” with Shannon Seitz in Advances in Econometrics, Volume 32, `Structural Econometric Models’ Emerald Publishing Group Limited (2014)

Advances in Econometrics, Volume 32, `Structural Econometric Models’ edited with Matthew Shum, Emerald Publishing Group Limited (2014)

“Dynamic Marriage Matching: An Empirical Framework” Econometrica, Vol 83, No. 4 (2015):1373-1423

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