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Marriage Markets in Developing Countries

S Anukriti () and Shatanjaya Dasgupta ()
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Shatanjaya Dasgupta: Beloit College

No 10556, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: marriage; developing countries; marriage markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J1 J12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-02
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Forthcoming in: the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women

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