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Who is married to whom in India
March 29, 2016

Mumbai: Is it true that people tend to marry within their profession or occupation? Data available from the Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS-II) suggests so, if we analyse marriages within and across broad occupation categories. For example, among those female teachers who were married, 19% were married to fellow teachers (CHART 1A), the highest among the 14 occupation categories we constructed. This pattern holds for male teachers too—14% of male teachers are married to fellow teachers (CHART 1B), more than any other group if we exclude housewives. In fact, for all the male teachers whose spouses were not housewives, 55% of them were married to a fellow teacher.

 

Published in: Live-Mint, March 29, 2016