Why arranged marriage is bad for India

Posted on November 10, 2007 By pramitsingh Topic: Arranged marriage, Study

Tyler Cowen points to an interesting paper from Divya Mathur which suggests that

when parents are involved in mate choice, sons are significantly less likely to marry college-educated women and women engaged in the labor force, after controlling for individual and family characteristics. I show that these effects are driven, at least in part, by parental preferences and cannot entirely be attributed to correlation between arranged marriages and unobserved characteristics. These results suggest that lowering the incentive for parental control in mate choice may improve investments in women's human capital in India.


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