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Early Marriage and Education Transitions of Female Youth: The Case of Indonesia

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  • Chris SAKELLARIOU

    (Division of Economics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637332, Singapore)

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I explore the association of early marriage of girls in Indonesia with the probability of passing education transitions using a sequential logit model; I first establish that in Indonesia, due to the socio-cultural and religious environment, marriage is the primary reason for exiting school for the majority of girls married before the age of 18 (and a minority of girls married later). I find that girls who married early are associated with extremely low odds of passing education transitions compared to boys, never married girls and girls who marry later; the estimates are even more unfavourable in the presence of unobserved heterogeneity.

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  • Chris SAKELLARIOU, 2013. "Early Marriage and Education Transitions of Female Youth: The Case of Indonesia," Economic Growth Centre Working Paper Series 1304, Nanyang Technological University, School of Social Sciences, Economic Growth Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:nan:wpaper:1304
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    Keywords

    Early marriage; education transitions; sequential response model; Indonesia.;

    JEL classification:

    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure

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