Adolescent Brides and Grooms' Education: Theory and Evidence

CRREP working paper 2016-10

47 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2018 Last revised: 25 Apr 2018

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Sylvain Dessy

Université Laval - Département d'Économique

Setou Diarra

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics

Roland Pongou

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 1, 2016

Abstract

Public policy addressing the harmful practice of adolescent marriage tends to leave out men, as prospective grooms. Using micro-level data from Nigeria in combination with plausible instrumental variables, we find that a male's education significantly decreases the likelihood that he marries an adolescent girl. We show that this negative relationship is not a mere mechanical effect reflecting the endogeneity between schooling and marriage-timing decisions, and that it is stronger where patriarchal gender norms are weaker. We develop a model that explains this causal effect as resulting from the complementarity between father's and mother's education in the production of child quality.

Keywords: Adolescent Marriage, Groom Education, Quantity-Quality Trade-off

JEL Classification: C12, C13, C14, J12, J13, O12

Suggested Citation

Dessy, Sylvain and Diarra, Setou and Pongou, Roland, Adolescent Brides and Grooms' Education: Theory and Evidence (December 1, 2016). CRREP working paper 2016-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3149101 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3149101

Sylvain Dessy (Contact Author)

Université Laval - Département d'Économique ( email )

2325 Rue de l'Université
Ste-Foy, Quebec G1K 7P4 G1K 7P4
Canada

Setou Diarra

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics ( email )

Social Sciences Building Room 9005
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

Roland Pongou

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics ( email )

200 Wilbrod Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

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