Brides for Sale: Cross‐Border Marriages and Female Immigration

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Daiji Kawaguchi

University of Tokyo - Graduate School of Economics

Soohyung Lee

Seoul National University

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Date Written: April 2017

Abstract

Developed East Asian countries import a large number of women from abroad as brides every year, although such cross‐border marriages virtually did not exist 20 years ago. With a theoretical framework and empirical evidence, we argue that developed Asian countries' demand for foreign brides is the consequence of improvement in women's economic status and gender‐discriminative household arrangements that insufficiently incorporate women's improved status in marriage. We offer sets of empirical evidence in line with our argument, using various macro‐ and microlevel datasets.

JEL Classification: A12, J12, J61

Suggested Citation

Kawaguchi, Daiji and Lee, Soohyung, Brides for Sale: Cross‐Border Marriages and Female Immigration (April 2017). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 55, Issue 2, pp. 633-654, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3596364 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12411

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University of Tokyo - Graduate School of Economics ( email )

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Soohyung Lee

Seoul National University

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