Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association


Household Shocks and Transition into Marriage: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia

Boyd Tembo

vol. 6, October 2013, p. 211-220


Using panel data modeling this study examines the effect of non-agricultural and agricultural household shocks on a child's transition into marriage. The general expectation is that a shock to the economic status of a household could lead to children transitioning to marriage earlier than usual. The data was collected from 15 villages during the Ethiopia Rural Household Survey (ERHS). The sample for this study comprises a cohort of children (aged between 5 and 20 years) followed over a 10-year period starting in 1999. The findings of this study may be important in influencing public policy on early child marriage, social safety nets and education in Ethiopia.


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Boyd Tembo. "Household Shocks and Transition into Marriage: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia ." Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association. vol. 6, October 2013, p. 211-220

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