EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Bride Price and Female Education

Nava Ashraf, Natalie Bau, Nathan Nunn () and Alessandra Voena

Journal of Political Economy, 2020, vol. 128, issue 2, 591 - 641

Abstract: We document an important consequence of bride price, a payment made by the groom to the bride’s family at marriage. Revisiting Indonesia’s school construction program, we find that among ethnic groups without the custom, it had no effect on girls’ schooling. Among ethnic groups with the custom, it had large positive effects. We show (theoretically and empirically) that this is because a daughter’s education, by increasing the amount of money parents receive at marriage, generates an additional incentive for parents to educate their daughters. We replicate these findings in Zambia, a country that had a similar large-scale school construction program.

Date: 2020
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (5) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/704572 (application/pdf)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/704572 (text/html)
Access to the online full text or PDF requires a subscription.

Related works:
Working Paper: Bride Price and Female Education (2018) Downloads
Working Paper: Bride Price and Female Education (2016) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ucp:jpolec:doi:10.1086/704572

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in Journal of Political Economy from University of Chicago Press
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Journals Division ().

 
Page updated 2020-09-24
Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:doi:10.1086/704572