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Marriage Markets in Developing Countries

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  • Anukriti, S

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    (Boston College)

  • Dasgupta, Shatanjaya

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    (Beloit College)

This chapter reviews the literature on marriage in developing countries. We describe how marital matching occurs; the trends in age at marriage; assortative mating patterns; marriage payments; and spousal decision-making after a marriage has occurred. Lastly, we discuss trends and rationales for consanguineous and polygamous marriages – practices that are largely unique to the developing world.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2017
Publication status: forthcoming in: the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women
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