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Within marriage age gap across countries

Ying Feng and Jie Ren

Economics Letters, 2022, vol. 210, issue C

Abstract: The age gap within marriage is one form of the gender gap. This paper uses micro data from 89 countries from all income levels to document that men marry women younger than themselves in all countries, and the age gap decreases with development. We also show that the declining pattern is robust for both females and males after controlling for individual- and country-level characteristics.

Keywords: Age gap in marriage; Development; Demographic transitions; Cross-country analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J11 J12 O11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2021.110190

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