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Marriage payments and bargaining power of women in rural Bangladesh

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  • Nazia Mansoor

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This study examines the relationship between bargaining power and the use of contraceptives in the household. Using data from rural Bangladesh in 1998-1999 it investigates whether women in a relatively strong bargaining position at the time of marriage continue to remain in a strong position post marriage as seen by their decision to use the contraceptive pill. Empirical results from multinomial logit provide evidence for this showing that as brideprice, taken as a fraction of total household marriage payment, increases from 0.1 to 0.3 the predicted probability of the mother using the contraceptive pill increases by 8 percentage points.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 1119.

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Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:1119

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Keywords: marriage market; marriage payments; female bargaining power; contraceptive use; rural Bangladesh;

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