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Marry for What? Caste and Mate Selection in Modern India

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  • Esther Duflo

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  • Abhijit Banerjee

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  • Maitreesh Ghatak
  • Jeanne Lafortune

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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.

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Keywords: caste; marriages; India; middle-class; Indians; education; caste; data;

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