Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170637
Authors: 
Corno, Lucia
Hildebrandt, Nicole
Voena, Alessandra
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza (DISCE), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 40
Abstract: 
In this paper, we examine the impact of variation in local economic conditions on the hazard into child marriage (i.e. prior to age 18) among young women in Africa and India. We show that rainfall shocks, a major source of income variation in these areas, have similar effects on crop yields but opposite effects on the early marriage hazard in the two regions: in Africa, droughts increase the hazard into early marriage, while in India, droughts decrease the hazard. We argue that the differential impact of drought on the marriage hazard can be explained by differences in the direction of traditional marriage payments in each region (bride price in Africa and dowry in India). Our results highlight the importance of understanding the relationship between prevailing cultural norms and household responses to economic shocks; as we show here, differences in prevailing customs can result in dramatically different household responses to aggregate income fluctuations..
Subjects: 
Income shocks
informal insurance
marriage
Africa
India
dowry
bride
JEL: 
J1
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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