On the Timing of Marriage, Cattle and Weather Shocks

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers No. 04-073/3

44 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2004

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: June 2004

Abstract

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.

Keywords: coping strategies, bride wealth, duration models, wealth shocks, dynamic programming model

JEL Classification: Q12, C4, J12, D13, D91

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 (June 2004). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers No. 04-073/3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=561721 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.561721

Johannes G. M. (Hans) Hoogeveen (Contact Author)

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