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Title: Education and freedom of choice : evidence from arranged marriages in Vietnam
Authors: Emran, M. Shahe
Rakotondrazaka, Fenohasina Maret
Smith, Stephen C.
Keywords: Arranged marriage
Social interactions
Freedom of choice
Issue Date: Nov-2009
Series/Report no.: The Journal of Development Studies;
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.
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