IdEP Seminar "Preferences and Beliefs in the Marriage Market for Young Brides" - Abi Adams

Institute of Economics

Date: 14.11.2019 / 12:15 - 13:15

Rajasthani women typically leave school early and marry young.

We develop a novel discrete choice methodology using hypothetical vignettes to elicit average parental preferences over a daughter's education and age of marriage, and subjective beliefs about the evolution of her marriage market prospects.

We find parents have a strong preference for delaying a daughter's marriage until eighteen but no further.

Conditional on a marriage match, parents place little intrinsic value on a daughter’s education.

However, they believe the probability of receiving a good marriage offer increases strongly with a daughter's education but deteriorates quickly with her age on leaving school.

Abi Adams
University of Oxford