Education and Freedom of Choice: Evidence from Arranged Marriages in Vietnam

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M. Shahe Emran

George Washington University - Department of Economics

Fenohasina Maret Rakotondrazaka

Brookings Institution

Stephen C. Smith

George Washington University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: November 11, 2009

Abstract

Using household data from Vietnam, we provide evidence on the causal 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 8 years of schooling. We also estimate bounds that do not rely on the exact exclusion restrictions (lower bound is 6-7 percentage points). The impact of education is strong for women, but much weaker for men.

Keywords: Arranged Marriage, Education, Schooling, Freedom of choice, Development, Vietnam, Social Interactions

JEL Classification: O12, D1, J12

Suggested Citation

Emran, M. Shahe and Maret Rakotondrazaka, Fenohasina and Smith, Stephen C., Education and Freedom of Choice: Evidence from Arranged Marriages in Vietnam (November 11, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1503946 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1503946

M. Shahe Emran

George Washington University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Fenohasina Maret Rakotondrazaka

Brookings Institution ( email )

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United States

Stephen C. Smith (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Washington, DC 20052
United States

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