IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Unhappily Ever After: An Analysis of Child Marriages in Bangladesh and Niger


  • Samantha Morrow

    () (American University)


Both Bangladesh and Niger are among the world’s poorest countries, while both incidentally have some of the highest rates of child brides. While technically illegal, child marriage is culturally significant and has continued to be prevalent in Bangladesh and Niger. With 76 percent of girls married before they turn eighteen, Niger has the highest rate of child brides in the world. Poverty is a driving factor for many families in Niger to marry girls. In Bangladesh, where 52 percent of girls are married before they turn eighteen, sociocultural norms are a key motivating influence. This paper analyzes the economic motivation behind marrying girls, explains the cyclical role of education, and examines the health-related consequences. Finally, it will provide a brief overview of some solutions that can be utilized to combat this problem.

Suggested Citation

  • Samantha Morrow, 2016. "Unhappily Ever After: An Analysis of Child Marriages in Bangladesh and Niger," Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series (BDRWPS) BDRWPS No. 31, Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC).
  • Handle: RePEc:bnr:wpaper:31

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item


    child marriage; gender; development; Bangladesh; Niger;


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:bnr:wpaper:31. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Bernhard Gunter). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.