Marriage payments and bargaining power of women in rural Bangladesh
Studies in Economics from School of Economics, University of Kent
This study examines the relationship between bargaining power and the use of contraceptives in the household. Using data from rural Bangladesh in 1998-1999 it investigates whether women in a relatively strong bargaining position at the time of marriage continue to remain in a strong position post marriage as seen by their decision to use the contraceptive pill. Empirical results from multinomial logit provide evidence for this showing that as brideprice, taken as a fraction of total household marriage payment, increases from 0.1 to 0.3 the predicted probability of the mother using the contraceptive pill increases by 8 percentage points.
Keywords: marriage market; marriage payments; female bargaining power; contraceptive use; rural Bangladesh (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 J13 J16 D10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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