Preferences for future partners in the Indian marriage market

Last registered on June 29, 2022


Trial Information

General Information

Preferences for future partners in the Indian marriage market
Initial registration date
December 17, 2021

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

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First published
December 19, 2021, 1:16 PM EST

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Last updated
June 29, 2022, 6:17 AM EDT

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Primary Investigator

University of Konstanz

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PI Affiliation
University of Konstanz

Additional Trial Information

In development
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Building on insights from Dhar (2021), this project sheds light on the preferences for future partners in the Indian marriage market context. We conduct a series of online experiments on an Indian marriage market website to assess four questions: 1. How do men's preferences for a working/non-working future wife affect the response rates from women? 2. How does the relative education level of men and women affect the response rates? 3. How does the preference for living with family or not affect the response rates? and 4. How do the beliefs in caste affect the response rates for both men and women? This experiment will examine the impact of different preferences on the matching processes in the Indian marriage market and will thereby highlight the relevant norms that influence marital outcomes.
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Registration Citation

Asri, Viola and Ankush Asri. 2022. "Preferences for future partners in the Indian marriage market." AEA RCT Registry. June 29.
Experimental Details


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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Response rates based on
1. Preferences for working /non-working wife (response rates from female suitors)
2. Belief in caste (response rates from male and female suitors)
3. Preference for living with family (response rates from male and female suitors)
4. Relative education level (response rates from male and female suitors)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

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Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Our method is similar to correspondence experiments and specifically focuses on the marriage market with profiles of men and women on an Indian matrimonial website following the design of Dhar (2021). We upload systematically varied matrimonial advertisements for our intervention. Our treatments will vary the following preferences/characteristics:
1, Preference for working/non-working wife
2. Beliefs in caste system
3. Preference for living alone/with family
4. Preference for education level
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done on a comuter
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Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
9800 suitors
Sample size: planned number of observations
9800 suitors
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
700 suitors per treatment arm
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

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