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Adult mortality and children’s transition into marriage

Kathleen Beegle and Sofya Krutikova
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Sofya Krutikova: University of Oxford

Demographic Research, 2008, vol. 19, issue 42, 1551-1574

Abstract: Adult mortality due to HIV/AIDS and other diseases is posited to affect children through a number of pathways. On top of health and education outcomes, adult mortality can have significant effects on children by influencing demographic outcomes including the timing of marriage. This paper examines marriage outcomes for a sample of children interviewed in Tanzania in the early 1990s and re-interviewed in 2004. We find that while girls who became paternal orphans married at significantly younger ages, orphanhood had little effect on boys. On the other hand, non-parental deaths in the household affect the timing of marriage for boys.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; adult mortality; marriage; orphans (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J1 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2008.19.42

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