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Inter-Spousal Communication in Consanguineous Marriages: Evidence from Egypt


  • Rajan, Aastha

    () (Texas A&M University)

  • Naufal, George S

    () (Texas A&M University)


This paper examines the relationship between consanguinity and frequency of communication between spouses using a nationally representative sample of young married respondents in Egypt. Using a variety of estimation techniques, the results suggest that being related to one's spouse does not influence inter-spousal communication. However, we find evidence of some marriage characteristics that are associated with inter-spousal communication. The paper presents first empirical evidence which links consanguinity and communication dynamics in the household. In terms of policy implication, communication plays a critical role in marriage as it helps maintain quality relationship between spouses and directly contributes to marital satisfaction, and hence divorce rates.

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  • Rajan, Aastha & Naufal, George S, 2018. "Inter-Spousal Communication in Consanguineous Marriages: Evidence from Egypt," IZA Discussion Papers 11656, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp11656

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    consanguinity; communication; marriage; Egypt; Middle East;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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