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Determinants of the likelihood of finding the right partner in an arranged marriage: Evidence from a French matchmaking agency

  • Vaillant, Nicolas G.
  • Harrant, Valérie

In a recent article published in this review, On the likelihood of finding the right partner in an arranged marriage, Batabyal [Batabyal, A.A., 2001. On the likelihood of finding the right partner in an arranged marriage. The Journal of Socio-Economics 33, 273-280] formalizes the decision-making process in arranged marriages. His analytic framework can be used to deal with the behavior of the clients of a marriage bureau. We use data from a French matchmaking agency to estimate the various factors affecting the probability of finding the "right" partner on the one hand and the number of meetings before finding such a partner on the other hand. Empirical results indicate that the fact of having previously been married and the presence of dependent children are assumed to be negative factors for a potential marriage partner, so that the individuals possessing these characteristics have less meetings and have more difficulties to find a partner.

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Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 657-671

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