Early Marriage, Age of Menarche, and Female Schooling Attainment in Bangladesh

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Early Marriage, Age of Menarche, and Female Schooling Attainment in Bangladesh

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dc.contributor.author Ambrus, Attila
dc.contributor.author Field, Erica
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-28T13:32:19Z
dash.embargo.terms 2009-10-01
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Field, Erica, and Attila Ambrus. 2008. Early marriage, age of menarche, and female schooling attainment in Bangladesh. Journal of Political Economy 116(5): 881-930. en
dc.identifier.issn 0022-3808 en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3200264
dc.description.abstract Using data from rural Bangladesh, we explore the hypothesis that women attain less schooling as a result of social and financial pressure to marry young. We isolate the causal effect of marriage timing using age of menarche as an instrumental variable. Our results indicate that each additional year that marriage is delayed is associated with 0.22 additional year of schooling and 5.6 percent higher literacy. Delayed marriage is also associated with an increase in use of preventive health services. In the context of competitive marriage markets, we use the above results to obtain estimates of the change in equilibrium female education that would arise from introducing age of consent laws. en
dc.description.sponsorship Economics en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press en
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/593333 en
dash.license LAA
dc.title Early Marriage, Age of Menarche, and Female Schooling Attainment in Bangladesh en
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Version of Record
dc.relation.journal Journal of Political Economy en
dash.depositing.author Ambrus, Attila
dc.date.available 2009-10-01T07:31:26Z

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