On the timing of marriage, cattle and weather shocks

H. Hoogeveen, B. van der Klaauw, A.G.C. van Lomwel

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Abstract

In this paper we focus on the timing of marriages of women, whose marriages are associated with bride wealth payments, which are transfers from (the family of) the groom to the bride's family. Unmarried daughters could therefore be considered assets who, at times of need, can be cashed in. We investigate both theoretically and empirically to what extent the timing of a marriage of a daughter is affected by the economic conditions of the household from which she originates. We distinguish household specific wealth levels and two types of shocks: correlated (weather) shocks and idiosyncratic (wealth) shocks. We estimate a duration model using a unique panel survey of Zimbabwean smallholder farmers. The estimation results support the hypothesis that the timing of marriage is affected by household characteristics; girls from households that experienced a negative idiosyncratic (wealth) shock are more likely to marry.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUnknown Publisher
Number of pages40
VolumeTI 2004-073/3
Publication statusPublished - 1970

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NameTinbergen Institute Discussion Papers / The World Bank, Washington
VolumeTI 2004-073/3

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Wealth
Household
Cattle
Weather
Marriage
Smallholder farmers
Payment
Duration models
Assets
Economic conditions

Keywords

  • coping strategies
  • bride wealth
  • duration models
  • wealth shocks
  • dynamic programming model

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Hoogeveen, H., van der Klaauw, B., & van Lomwel, A. G. C. (1970). On the timing of marriage, cattle and weather shocks. (Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers / The World Bank, Washington; Vol. TI 2004-073/3). Unknown Publisher.
Hoogeveen, H. ; van der Klaauw, B. ; van Lomwel, A.G.C. / On the timing of marriage, cattle and weather shocks. Unknown Publisher, 1970. 40 p. (Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers / The World Bank, Washington).
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Hoogeveen, H, van der Klaauw, B & van Lomwel, AGC 1970, On the timing of marriage, cattle and weather shocks. Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers / The World Bank, Washington, vol. TI 2004-073/3, vol. TI 2004-073/3, Unknown Publisher.

On the timing of marriage, cattle and weather shocks. / Hoogeveen, H.; van der Klaauw, B.; van Lomwel, A.G.C.

Unknown Publisher, 1970. 40 p. (Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers / The World Bank, Washington; Vol. TI 2004-073/3).

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