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Basic Profile of Child Marriage in the Dominican Republic

Chata Malé and Quentin Wodon

No 105916, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Measures of child marriage are high in the Dominican Republic. The share of women ages 18-22 who married as children is 34.6 percent and it has not decreased substantially over time. The share of girls marrying very early, before the age of 15, has decreased. Child marriage is associated with lower wealth, lower education levels, and lower labor force participation. These are however only correlations, not necessarily causal effects. In order to design programs and policies to reduce child marriage, information is needed on the trend in the practice over time, where it is most prevalent in a country, and what the characteristics of girls marrying early are. This brief was produced as part of the Child Marriage Series.

Keywords: literacy; knowledge; number of girls; age of marriage; children; education; policies; investment; population knowledge; child; households; values; woman; participation ... See More + schooling; child marriage; age; laws; enrollment; men; first marriage; groups; population; levels of education; law; age groups; girls; labor force; students; developing countries; interventions; primary education; fertility; marriage; women; primary school; nutrition; residence; early marriage; secondary education; development goals; rural girls; will; sustainable development; bulletin; health risks; policy; older women; inequality; child marriage series (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2016-03
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