partnerchoicemap

Findings: Arranged marriages vary widely across India.

The map records the percent of ever married women 25-49 who report that their parents chose their husbands and they had no say in the choice (35% of all women). Another 23% of women report that their parents chose their husbands but that they had some say in the decision. 37% report the marriage was arranged jointly by their parents and themselves. Only 5% report that they chose their husbands by themselves.
Sample: Ever married women, 25-49, N=27,932.
See also: Graph of proportion of women who met their husbands at their wedding.
Source: Working Paper 08: Manjistha Banerji, Steven Martin, and Sonalde Desai. 2008. “Is Education Associated with a Transition towards Autonomy in Partner Choice?”