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On the impact of early marriage on schooling outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa and South West Asia

Marcos Delprato, Kwame Akyeampong, Ricardo Sabates and Jimena Hernandez-Fernandez

International Journal of Educational Development, 2015, vol. 44, issue C, 42-55

Abstract: This paper examines the effect of age of marriage on women's schooling outcomes for 36 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa and South West Asia. We employ an instrumental variable approach to account for the endogeneity of early marriage driven by socio-economic and cultural factors. Our results show that delaying early marriage by one year is associated with an increase of half a year of education in Sub-Saharan Africa and nearly one third of a year of education in South West Asia as well as a lower likelihood of dropping out from secondary school of 5.5% in South West Asia.

Keywords: Early marriage; Women education; Sub-Saharan Africa; South West Asia; Instrumental variable; Empowerment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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