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Wedding amidst war? Armed conflict and female teen marriage in Azerbaijan

Torrisi, Orsola ORCID: 0000-0003-1760-679X (2022) Wedding amidst war? Armed conflict and female teen marriage in Azerbaijan. European Journal of Population, 38 (5). pp. 1243-1275. ISSN 0168-6577

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10680-022-09645-0


Does armed conflict influence female teen marriage? Despite increasing attention to early marriage, its drivers and consequences, quantitative research on whether teen unions are affected by situations of armed violence is minimal. This paper addresses this gap by examining the relationship between exposure to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh over 1992–1996 and teen marriage outcomes in Azerbaijan. Using data from the 2006 Demographic and Health Survey and the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, I compare cohorts at risk of teen union before and during the conflict climax years with a modelling strategy that exploits information on forced displacement and spatial variation in conflict violence. Results show that experiencing war violence in adolescent ages, its intensity and frequency are associated with a lower risk of teen marriage. Reductions are largest for the cohorts who spent most of their adolescent ages under conflict and who were displaced as a result. For never-migrant conflict-affected girls, declines extend to the youngest cohorts. The combination of age at conflict occurrence and the experience of disruptive events like forced migration matters for teen marriage outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2022.
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2022 15:54
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2022 01:06

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