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The Effect of Female Education on Marital Matches and Child Health in Bangladesh

Hahn, Y. / Nuzhat, K. / Yang, Hee-Seung

Abstract

This paper examines the effects of female education on marriage outcomes by exploiting the exogenous variation generated by the Female Secondary School Stipend Program in Bangladesh, which made secondary education free for rural girls. Our findings show that an additional year of female education leads to an increase in 0.72 years of husband’s education and that better educated women pair with spouses who have better occupations and are closer in age to their own, suggesting assortative mating. Those educated women appear to experience greater autonomy in making decisions on receiving their own health care and visiting their family. Furthermore, educated women have lower fertility and use more maternal health care, and their children have better health outcomes than those of less-educated women. Overall, our results suggest that the marriage market is one of the channels through which women’s education affects their life outcomes.

Issue Date
2018
Publisher
Springer New York LLC
Keywords
Female education; School stipend program; Assortative mating; Spouse characteristics; Child health; Bangladesh
Citation
Journal of Population Economics, v.31, no.3, pp.915 - 936, 2018
DOI
10.1007/s00148-017-0673-9
Journal Title
Journal of Population Economics
Start Page
915
End Page
936
ISSN
0933-1433
Language
English
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