On the Timing of Marriage, Cattle and Weather Shocks in Rural Zimbabwe

47 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2003

See all articles by J. G. M. (Hans) Hoogeveen

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); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute

A. Gijsbert C. van Lomwel

Center Applied Research, Tilburg University

Date Written: May 2003

Abstract

Hoogeveen, van der Klaauw, and van Lomwel focus on the timing of marriages of women in rural Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean marriages are associated with bride welath payments, which are transfers from (the family of) the groom to the bride's family. Unmarried daughters could, therefore, be considered assets who, at time of need, can be cashed in. The authors investigate to what extent the timing of a marriage of a daughter is affected by the economic conditions of the household from which she originates. They distinguish household-specific wealth levels and two types of shocks - correlated (weather) shocks and idiosyncratic shocks. The authors 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 experiences a negative (idiosyncratic) shock in their assets are more likely to marry.

Suggested Citation

Hoogeveen, Johannes G. M. (Hans) and van der Klaauw, Bas and van Lomwel, A. Gijsbert C., On the Timing of Marriage, Cattle and Weather Shocks in Rural Zimbabwe (May 2003). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3112. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=362160

Johannes G. M. (Hans) Hoogeveen

World Bank - Research Department ( email )

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Bas Van der Klaauw (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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A. Gijsbert C. Van Lomwel

Center Applied Research, Tilburg University ( email )

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