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Krishnendu Ghosh Dastidar, Hiranya Mukhopadhyay, and Uday Bhanu Sinha

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198073970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198073970.001.0001

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Arranged Marriage, Co-Residence and Female Schooling

Arranged Marriage, Co-Residence and Female Schooling

A Model with Evidence from India

(p.337) 20 Arranged Marriage, Co-Residence and Female Schooling
Dimensions of Economic Theory and Policy

Indraneel Dasgupta

Pushkar Maitra

Diganta Mukherjee

Oxford University Press

In most parts of South Asia, patrilocal marriages and cultural norms indicate that the husband's family stands to retain a major part of any additional gain generated by an educated woman. This means that men are expected to have a strong incentive to prefer educated women as brides, especially given the significant returns to women's schooling. Parents of educated women should face lower dowry demands, and thus motivate them to educate daughters. However, the persistence of low levels of female education and available micro evidence on dowry payments both imply that such incentives are neither strong nor generalized. This chapter explores this apparent market failure by addressing the consequences of arranged marriage in India and discussing co-residence and female education.

Keywords:   India, female education, parents, dowry, women, arranged marriage, co-residence

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