Marriage reduces the overall genetic quality of her offspring by precluding the possibility of impregnation by a genetically higher quality male, albeit without his parental investment.

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Hypergamy allows higher-status men maximum choice in mate selection, and, as historically practiced in India, results in the man's family gaining wealth through the transfer of dowry from the bride's family.

Overall, hypergamy has the potential to advantage lower-status women economically and socially the most, since they marry into a higher status and the dowry becomes part of their marital wealth.

They argue that as societies shift towards becoming more gender-equal, women's mate selection preferences will shift as well.

Some research support that theory, including a 2012 analysis of a survey of 8,953 people in 37 countries, which found that the more gender-equal a country, the likelier male and female respondents were to report seeking the same qualities as each other rather than different ones.

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Hypergamy comes with a cost though: the dowry, which often costs as much or more than an entire house.

The concept of marrying up in India is prevalent due to caste-based class stratification.

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