On the Timing of Marriage, Cattle and Weather Shocks
J. G. M. (Hans) Hoogeveen
World Bank - Research Department
Bas Van der Klaauw
VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Tinbergen Institute
A. Gijsbert C. Van Lomwel
Center Applied Research, Tilburg University
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers No. 04-073/3
In this paper we focus on the timing of marriages of women, whose marriages are associated with bride wealth payments, which are transfers from (the family of) the groom to the bride's family. Unmarried daughters could therefore be considered assets who, at times of need, can be cashed in. We investigate both theoretically and empirically to what extent the timing of a marriage of a daughter is affected by the economic conditions of the household from which she originates. We distinguish household specific wealth levels and two types of shocks: correlated (weather) shocks and idiosyncratic (wealth) shocks. We estimate a duration model using a unique panel survey of Zimbabwean smallholder farmers. The estimation results support the hypothesis that the timing of marriage is affected by household characteristics; girls from households that experienced a negative idiosyncratic (wealth) shock are more likely to marry.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 44
Keywords: coping strategies, bride wealth, duration models, wealth shocks, dynamic programming model
JEL Classification: Q12, C4, J12, D13, D91working papers series
Date posted: July 6, 2004
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