An economic model of early marriage

Wahhaj, Zaki (2018) An economic model of early marriage. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 152 . pp. 147-176. ISSN 0167-2681. (doi: (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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To explain female adolescent marriage patterns around the world, we develop a marriage market model with asymmetric information about prospective marriage partners, and a noisy signal about the brideís quality during an engagement. In equilibrium, there is a negative relationship between the age and perceived quality of women on the marriage market and, consistent with available evidence, older brides make higher net marriage payments. The model also implies path dependence in the evolution of adolescent marriage practices over time and persistent e§ects on marriage practices from transitory shocks. Model simulations show interventions which increase the opportunity cost of early marriage attenuates the association between bride quality and age, triggering a virtuous cycle of marriage postponement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: marriage market, gender, adolescent development, fertility, dowry
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Zaki Wahhaj
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2018 15:34 UTC
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 13:04 UTC
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