Bride Price and Female Education
Nathan Nunn () and
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The paper examines how the effects of school construction on girlsâ€™ education vary with a widely-practiced marriage custom called bride price, which is a payment made by the husband and/or his family to the wifeâ€™s parents at marriage. It began by developing a model of educational choice with and without bride price. The model generates a number of predictions that was tested in two countries that have had large-scale school construction projects, Indonesia and Zambia. Consistent with the model, it was found that for groups that practice the custom of bride price, the value of bride price payments that the parents receive tend to increase with their daughterâ€™s education. As a consequence, the probability of a girl being educated is higher among bride price groups. The model also predicts that families from bride price groups will be the most responsive to policies, like school construction, that are aimed at increasing female education.
Keywords: eSS; bride price; culture; marriage customs; education; girl education; school construction project; development policy; female education; development programs; traditional marriage customs; cost of education; educational investment; educational attainments; enrolment. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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