Early Marriage, Age of Menarche, and Female Schooling Attainment in Bangladesh


  
Abstract

Using data from rural Bangladesh, we explore the hypothesis thatwomen attain less schooling as a result of social and financial pressureto marry young. We isolate the causal effect of marriage timing usingage of menarche as an instrumental variable. Our results indicate thateach additional year that marriage is delayed is associated with 0.22additional year of schooling and 5.6 percent higher literacy. Delayedmarriage is also associated with an increase in use of preventive healthservices. In the context of competitive marriage markets, we use theabove results to obtain estimates of the change in equilibrium femaleeducation that would arise from introducing age of consent laws.

Source
http://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/3200264/ambrus_earlymarriage.pdf?sequence=2
Author

Erica Field and Attila Ambrus

Country

GLOBAL

Contact Details

Harvard University

Year Of Publication

2008