Preferences and Beliefs in the Marriage Market for Young Brides
Abigail Adams and
No 13567, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers
Rajasthani women typically leave school early and marry young. We develop a novel discrete choice methodology using hypothetical vignettes to elicit average parental preferences over a daughter's education and age of marriage, and subjective beliefs about the evolution of her marriage market prospects. We find parents have a strong preference for delaying a daughter's marriage until eighteen but no further. Conditional on a marriage match, parents place little intrinsic value on a daughter's education. However, they believe the probability of receiving a good marriage offer increases strongly with a daughter's education but deteriorates quickly with her age on leaving school.
Keywords: early marriage; education; subjective expectations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I26 J12 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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