Sister competition and birth order effects among marriage-aged girls: Evidence from a field experiment in rural Bangladesh

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2018-04

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Early marriage before the age of 18 is prevalent among adolescent girls in Bangladesh, but the timing of marriage is not uniform across daughters within a household, with some sisters marrying earlier than others. Using survey data from a novel field experiment from rural Bangladesh, I find that girls ages 10-21 with lower birth order tend to be married at a younger age, even when controlling for confounding nature of household size on birth order. Additionally, girls with younger sisters are more likely to be married and at a younger age than girls with younger brothers. The findings on dowry are inclusive.

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Zhong, Stephanie (2018). Sister competition and birth order effects among marriage-aged girls: Evidence from a field experiment in rural Bangladesh. Honors thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/17164.


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