Inertia in partnerships: the role of gender

Wei Bao, Daniel Houser, Yulei Rao, Erte Xiao

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Using a controlled laboratory experiment, we provide rigorous evidence regarding inertia in partnerships. We find people maintain partnerships even when doing so is costly to themselves and brings neither benefits nor costs to their partners. Moreover, we find this effect to be much more pronounced for males than females, suggesting that males incur greater psychological costs of switching partners than do females.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109491
Number of pages4
JournalEconomics Letters
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Experimental design
  • Gender difference
  • Inertia
  • Partner choice

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