February 2017

IZA DP No. 10556: Marriage Markets in Developing Countries

forthcoming in: the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women

This chapter reviews the literature on marriage in developing countries. We describe how marital matching occurs; the trends in age at marriage; assortative mating patterns; marriage payments; and spousal decision-making after a marriage has occurred. Lastly, we discuss trends and rationales for consanguineous and polygamous marriages – practices that are largely unique to the developing world.