Using household data from Vietnam, we provide evidence on the effects of education on
freedom of spouse choice. We use war disruptions and spatial indicators of schooling supply
as instruments. The point estimates indicate that a year of additional schooling reduces the
probability of an arranged marriage by about 14 percentage points for an individual with eight
years of schooling. We also estimate bounds on the effect of education on arranged marriage
when exclusion restrictions are violated locally (the lower bound is six to seven percentage
points). The impact of education is strong for women, but significantly weaker for men.