Intergenerational Consequences of Early Age Marriages of Girls: Effect on Children's Human Capital

Sekhri, S and Debnath, S (2014) Intergenerational Consequences of Early Age Marriages of Girls: Effect on Children's Human Capital. Journal of Development Studies.

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Abstract

We use nationally representative data from India on test scores in an instrumental variable framework to identify the effects of early age marriages of girls on the human capital of their children. Early age marriages reduce mother's educational attainment, which can adversely impact the education outcomes of their children. On the other hand, better marriage prospects of young brides may compensate and improve children's educational outcomes by way of resource provision. Consequently, the effect of early age marriages of girls on their children is theoretically ambiguous and warrants an empirical examination. In our empirical analysis, we use variation in age at menarche to instrument for age at marriage. Our estimates show that a delay of one year in the age at marriage of the mother increases the probability of being able to do the most challenging arithmetic and reading tasks on the administered test by 3.5 percentage points.

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Item Type: Article
Subjects: Human Resources Management
Depositing User: LRC ISB
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2014 06:38
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2014 06:38
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/151
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2014.936397
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