Marry for What? Caste and Mate Selection in Modern India

Published By: BREAD on eSS | Published Date: July, 28 , 2009

This paper studies the role played by caste, education and other social and economic attributes in arranged marriages among middle-class Indians. A unique data set on individuals who placed matrimonial advertisements in a major newspaper, the responses they received, how they ranked them, and the eventual matches is used. The preferences for caste, education, beauty, and other attributes are estimated. A set of stable matches is computed, which is compared to the actual matches that are observed in the data.

Author(s): Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, Maitreesh Ghatak, Jeanne Lafortune | Posted on: Jul 28, 2009 | Views(1634) | Download (986)


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