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Love Match, Marriage Distance, and Marriage Payment: Evidence from Rural China

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Key Laboratory of Ecosystem Network Observation and Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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School of Economics and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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Academic Editor: Luigi Aldieri
Sustainability 2021, 13(23), 13058; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132313058 (registering DOI)
Received: 25 October 2021 / Revised: 23 November 2021 / Accepted: 23 November 2021 / Published: 25 November 2021
The excessive marriage payment indicated by brideprice/dowry imposes a huge family financial burden, especially on rural households. Although some determinants have been examined, the relationship between matching types of couples and marriage payment is rarely known. The goal of this study is to analyze this relationship and the role of marriage distance in it. We adopt Logit, Tobit, and SUR models with the database across 70 years in rural China from a nearly national representative sample. The results show that love-match couples are 10.7% and 10.3% less likely to pay brideprice and dowry than that of parental matchmaking, respectively, and they pay less amount of brideprice and dowry. There is an inverted U-shaped relationship between marriage distance and brideprice/dowry, and love match has the largest correlation with marriage payment behaviors for couples with long marriage distance. View Full-Text
Keywords: love match; brideprice; dowry; marriage distance; rural China love match; brideprice; dowry; marriage distance; rural China
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Lyu, Q.; Zhang, L. Love Match, Marriage Distance, and Marriage Payment: Evidence from Rural China. Sustainability 2021, 13, 13058. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132313058

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