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Matchmaking economics

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Matchmaking is the process of matching two or more people together, usually for the purpose of marriagebut the word is also used in the context of Matchmaking economics events such as boxing, in business, in online video games and in pairing organ donors. In some cultures, the role of the matchmaker was and is quite professionalized. "Matchmaking economics" Ashkenazi Jewish shadchanor the Hindu astrologerwere often thought to be essential advisors and also helped in finding right spouses as they had links and a relation of good faith with the families.

In cultures where arranged marriages were the rule, the astrologer often claimed that the stars sanctified matches that both parents approved of, making it quite difficult for the possibly-hesitant children to easily object — and also making it easy for the astrologer to collect his fee.

Matchmaking economics danceespecially in frontier North America, the contra dance and Matchmaking economics dancehas also been employed in matchmaking, usually informally. However, when farming families were widely separated and kept all children on the farm working, marriage-age children could often only meet in church or in such mandated social events.

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