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Marriage Strategies in East Asia

Sun, June 26, 1:00 to 2:50pm, Shikokan (SK), Floor: 1F, 119

Session Submission Type: Organized Panel Proposal Application


Marriage is a site for emotional satisfaction and mutual support. Simultaneously marriage may be a location for exchange of resources between husbands and wives and between two families. The debate over “emotional” and “exchange” model of matching strategies is particularly relevant to marriage formation in East Asia, where marriage decisions have often been characterized as an “exchange” of assets between families and a highly asymmetric division of household labor. Using recent surveys on marriages in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan this panel explores how institutional and socioeconomic change may be promoting preferences that emphasize matching of individual characteristics of couples over exchange of either individual or family assets.

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