Marriage market

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A marriage market can refer to a public place where parents list advertisements for their children with the aim of finding a marital spouse for them.[1] People then congregate there and read the listings, often in the hope of finding a marital match.[2] Several marriage markets exist in China, such as Shanghai's marriage market at People's Square[2][3] and at several parks and other public places in Beijing, such as shopping malls.[1]

Finding a Match is easier than finding a Parking Space, Chennai, India

A marriage market can also refer to the use of marriage brokers[4] and marriage bureaus[5] that are involved in matchmaking to unite people in marriage.[4] In October 2011, marriage markets in India involving the use of brokers was estimated to be a $250 billion (Indian Rupee) industry.[6] Marriage markets using brokers exists in New Delhi, India[4] and in several other regions of India.

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  1. ^ a b Larmer, Brook (March 9, 2013). "The Price of Marriage in China". The New York Times. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Tacon, Dave (April 6, 2013). "Finding a spouse in a Chinese marriage market". Al Jazeera. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Warner, David (February 11, 2010). "Shanghai's marriage market: Bridal bliss or marital mayhem?". CNN Travel. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Trivedi, Anjani (January 15, 2013). "In New Delhi, Women Marry Up and Men Are Left Behind". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  5. ^ "Stay-at-home brides rule marriage market". The Times of India. September 23, 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  6. ^ Trivedi, Ira (October 28, 2011). "The (new) business of marriage". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on May 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-13.

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