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Child Marriage, Education, and Agency in Uganda


  • Quentin Wodon
  • Minh Cong Nguyen
  • Clarence Tsimpo


This contribution relies on four different approaches and data sources to assess and discuss the impact of child marriage on secondary school enrollment and completion in Uganda. The four data sources are: (1) qualitative evidence on differences in community and parental preferences for the education of boys and girls and on the higher likelihood of girls to drop out of school in comparison to boys; (2) reasons declared by parents as to why their children have dropped out of school; (3) reasons declared by secondary school principals as to why students drop out; and (4) econometric estimation of the impact of child marriage on secondary school enrollment and completion. Together, the four approaches provide strong evidence that child marriage reduces secondary school enrollment and completion for girls with substantial implications for agency.

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  • Quentin Wodon & Minh Cong Nguyen & Clarence Tsimpo, 2016. "Child Marriage, Education, and Agency in Uganda," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(1), pages 54-79, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:22:y:2016:i:1:p:54-79
    DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2015.1102020

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    1. Jennifer L. Solotaroff & Rohini Prabha Pande, 2014. "Violence against Women and Girls : Lessons from South Asia," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 20153.
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    1. Efevbera, Yvette & Bhabha, Jacqueline & Farmer, Paul E. & Fink, G√ľnther, 2017. "Girl child marriage as a risk factor for early childhood development and stunting," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 185(C), pages 91-101.
    2. World Bank Group, 2018. "AFCW3 Economic Update, Fall 2018," World Bank Other Operational Studies 30868, The World Bank.

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