Steve Cheung has been a pioneer in the research of marriage using economic approach. In this paper, I shall describe his influence on marriage research in general and on my career in particular. Since Gary Becker had exerted a parallel influence, I will also discuss his impact as well.
I’m grateful to Fali Huang and Ginger Jin for collaboration on related topics. I have benefited from comments of the participants of the conference to celebrate Steve Cheung’s 80th birthday in Shenzhen on November 21–22, 2015.
I have also benefited from comments and help by Ginger Jin, Zhangkai Huang, Lixing Li, Suchun Ma, Xiaoting Mai, Huihua Nie, Chen Rong, Bo Sun, Xiaozu Wang, Dali Yang, and many members of the China Coase WeChat Group.
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