Type: Seminar

A signal to end child marriage: Theory and experimental evidence from Bangladesh


Dr. Erica Field, Duke University

Date & Time

Sep 30, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

Abstract Child marriage remains common even where female schooling and employment opportunities have grown. We introduce a signaling model in which bride type is imperfectly observed but preferred types have lower returns to delaying marriage. We show that in this environment the market might pool on early marriage even when everyone would benefit from delay. In this setting, offering a small incentive can delay marriage of all treated types and untreated non-preferred types, while programs that act directly on norms can unintentionally encourage early marriage.

View details on the Ford School site