Adolescent Brides and Grooms' Education: Theory and Evidence
CRREP working paper 2016-10
47 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2018 Last revised: 25 Apr 2018
Date Written: December 1, 2016
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
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