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Bride price and female education

Ashraf, Nava, Bau, Natalie, Nunn, Nathan and Voena, Alessandra (2020) Bride price and female education. Journal of Political Economy, 128 (2). 591 - 641. ISSN 0022-3808

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Identification Number: 10.1086/704572


We document an important consequence of bride price, a payment made by the groom to the bride’s family at marriage. Revisiting Indone-sia’s school construction program, we find that among ethnic groups without the custom, it had no effect on girls’ schooling. Among ethnic groups with the custom, it had large positive effects. We show (theoretically and empirically) that this is because a daughter’s education, by increasing the amount of money parents receive at marriage, generates an additional incentive for parents to educate their daughters. We replicate these findings in Zambia, a country that had a similar large-scale school construction program.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The University of Chicago
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2020 10:03
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:49

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