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Ethnic differences in transition to first marriage in Iran


  • Fatemeh Torabi

    (University of Tehran)

  • Angela Baschieri

    (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)


This paper, using data from the 2000 Iran Demographic and Health Survey and a range of time-varying district-level contextual information derived from the 1986 and 1996 censuses of Iran, applies a discrete time hazard model to study ethnic differences in women’s transition to first marriage. The model specification accounts for both spatial and temporal changes in the socio-economic context of transition to marriage. We found ethnic-specific responses on women’s marriage timing to changes in the socio-economic context between the mid 1970s and 2000. Some ethnic groups appear to be more resistant to change despite sharing similar changes in their socio-economic context.

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  • Fatemeh Torabi & Angela Baschieri, 2010. "Ethnic differences in transition to first marriage in Iran," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 22(2), pages 29-62, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:22:y:2010:i:2

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    development; education; ethnicity; Iran; marriage; marriage market; women status;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General


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