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Arranged or love marriage? That is the question


  • Amitrajeet Batabyal
  • Hamid Beladi


Although arranged and love marriages have been around for a long time there seems to be no comparative analyses in the economics literature of the relative merits of one or the other kind of marriage. As such, the purpose of this note is to conduct a theoretical inquiry into the desirability of arranged versus love marriages. A simple model of decision making in a dynamic and stochastic setting is analysed and it is shown that the decision to have an arranged or a love marriage depends on a comparison of the expected amount of time it takes the agent's well-wishers to find a spouse with the expected total time it takes this agent to find a spouse by himself or herself.

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  • Amitrajeet Batabyal & Hamid Beladi, 2002. "Arranged or love marriage? That is the question," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(13), pages 893-897.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:9:y:2002:i:13:p:893-897 DOI: 10.1080/13504850210161959

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    1. Batabyal, Amitrajeet, 2016. "Making an arranged marriage work: A game-theoretic analysis," MPRA Paper 71199, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 06 May 2016.
    2. Xuemei Liu, 2007. "Optimal dynamic path of effort on marriage: differences between arranged and love marriages," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(1), pages 49-52.
    3. Amitrajeet Batabyal, 2004. "On strategy and the likelihood of success in marital matchmaking under uncertainty," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 10(7), pages 1-7.

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