2015. 14 p.
Delprato, Marcos
Akyeampong, Kwame
Sabates, Ricardo
Hernandez-Fernandez, Jimena
Periodical title: 
International Journal of Educational Development, 44, p. 42-55
This paper examines the effect of age of marriage on women’s schooling outcomes for 36 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa and South West Asia. We employ an instrumental variable approach to account for the endogeneity of early marriage driven by socio-economic and cultural factors. Our results show that delaying early marriage by one year is associated with an increase of half a year of education in Sub- Saharan Africa and nearly one third of a year of education in South West Asia as well as a lower likelihood of dropping out from secondary school of 5.5% in South West Asia.
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