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Title:Education and freedom of choice: Evidence from arranged marriages in Vietnam PDF Logo
Authors:Emran, M. Shahe
Maret-Rakotondrazaka, Fenohasina
Smith, Stephen C.
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6862
Abstract:Using household data from Vietnam, we provide evidence on the effects of education on freedom of spouse choice. We use war disruptions and spatial indicators of schooling supply as instruments. The point estimates indicate that a year of additional schooling reduces the probability of an arranged marriage by about 14 percentage points for an individual with eight years of schooling. We also estimate bounds on the effect of education on arranged marriage when exclusion restrictions are violated locally (the lower bound is six to seven percentage points). The impact of education is strong for women, but significantly weaker for men.
Subjects:arranged marriage
education
schooling
freedom of choice
development
Vietnam
Red River delta
labour markets
social interactions
JEL:I2
O12
D1
J12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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