Early Marriage, Age of Menarche, and Female Schooling Attainment in Bangladesh

  title={Early Marriage, Age of Menarche, and Female Schooling Attainment in Bangladesh},
  author={Erica M. Field and Attila Ambrus},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  pages={881 - 930}
Using data from rural Bangladesh, we explore the hypothesis that women attain less schooling as a result of social and financial pressure to marry young. We isolate the causal effect of marriage timing using age of menarche as an instrumental variable. Our results indicate that each additional year that marriage is delayed is associated with 0.22 additional year of schooling and 5.6 percent higher literacy. Delayed marriage is also associated with an increase in use of preventive health… 
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