The research published in the journal 'Demography' theorises that if current social norms persist by 2050 whereby university-educated or college-educated men are more desirable spouses than women similarly educated, there will be a 'mis-match' in numbers of 'suitable' men and women.
The study involved researchers from the University of Oxford; the Centre for Demographic Studies, Barcelona; and Minnesota Population Centre, USA. Their model assumes that without a change in contemporary
norms, the proportion of never-married women aged 45-49 will go up from 0.07 per cent in 2010 to nearly 9 per cent by 2050, with the most significant increase experienced by university- educated women.
Their model also shows a rise in the percentage of unmarried men, particularly among those with little education. A significant proportion of men in India currently marry women less educated than themselves.
Lead author Ridhi Kashyap, from the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford, said: "Traditional roles and expectations for women and men in India persist despite the significant social and demographic changes witnessed in recent years.
This research shows that the rigid social structure still experienced in India will need to bend so age and education are not barriers to future unions. Otherwise, this research suggests the prospects of marriage for many in the future will diminish, particularly for highly educated women and men with little education".


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