Preferences and Beliefs in the Marriage Market for Young Brides

77 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2019 Last revised: 11 Mar 2019

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Abi Adams-Prassl

University of Oxford - Department of Economics

Alison Andrew

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Date Written: March 2019

Abstract

Rajasthani women typically leave school early and marry young. We develop a novel discrete choice methodology using hypothetical vignettes to elicit average parental preferences over a daughter's education and age of marriage, and subjective beliefs about the evolution of her marriage market prospects. We find parents have a strong preference for delaying a daughter's marriage until eighteen but no further. Conditional on a marriage match, parents place little intrinsic value on a daughter's education. However, they believe the probability of receiving a good marriage offer increases strongly with a daughter's education but deteriorates quickly with her age on leaving school.

Keywords: early marriage, education, subjective expectations

JEL Classification: I26, J12, J16

Suggested Citation

Adams-Prassl, Abi and Andrew, Alison, Preferences and Beliefs in the Marriage Market for Young Brides (March 2019). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13567, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3346358

Abi Adams-Prassl (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Department of Economics ( email )

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Alison Andrew

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

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London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

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