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Child marriage and infant mortality: causal evidence from Ethiopia

Jorge Garcia-Hombrados ()
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Jorge Garcia-Hombrados: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

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Journal of Population Economics, 2022, vol. 35, issue 3, No 12, 1163-1223

Abstract: Abstract This study assesses the causal effect of child marriage on infant mortality. Using age discontinuities in exposure to a law that raised the legal age of marriage for women in Ethiopia, the study estimates that a 1-year delay in a woman’s age at cohabitation during her teenage years reduces the probability of her first-born child dying during infancy by 3.8 percentage points. This impact is closely linked to the effect of delaying cohabitation on women’s age at first birth.

Keywords: Child marriage; Infant mortality; Ethiopia; Legal age of marriage (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I15 J12 J18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s00148-021-00873-y

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