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Child Marriage and Infant Mortality: Evidence from Ethiopia

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This study uses age discontinuities in exposure to a law that raised the legal age of marriage for women in Ethiopia to investigate the causal link between child marriage and infant mortality. Using a fuzzy regression discontinuity design, the study shows that laws banning underage marriages could be an effective strategy to tackle child marriage and decrease infant mortality; and estimates that a oneyear delay in women’s age at cohabitation during teenage years causally reduces the probability of infant mortality of the first born by 3.8 percentage points. The impact of child marriage on infant mortality seems to be closely linked to the effect of delaying cohabitation on the age of women at first birth.

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  • J. García-Hombrados, 2018. "Child Marriage and Infant Mortality: Evidence from Ethiopia," Working Papers 2018-07, FEDEA.
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