Here is an interesting aside. In India, the vast majority of marriages are still arranged by parents, but "love" marriages are increasingly common. Interestingly, when parents are involved, they choose a very different spouse for their child than the child would on their own (and, for the econ geeks, this does not appear to be caused by selection across marriage mechanisms). For example, parents choose a spouse with less education than their son would choose on his own. Here is a writeup in The Atlantic on the paper that describes this phenomenon. Edit: Why I posted this in this thread... when the author first started on this research, one of the questions she was interested in answering was "are people in love marriages happier than those in arranged marriages?" She was never able to convincingly tackle this, but I think her results provide fascinating insight on the dynamics of extended families.
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1/21/09 at 2:08am