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Basic Profile of Child Marriage in the Republic of Congo


  • Chata Malé
  • Quentin Wodon


Measures of child marriage are high in the Republic of Congo. The share of women ages 18-22 who married as children is 34.0 percent, and it has decreased only slightly over time. The share of girls marrying very early, before the age of 15, has also declined slightly. Child marriage is associated with lower wealth, lower education levels, and higher labor force participation. These are however only correlations, not necessarily causal effects. In order to design programs and policies to reduce child marriage, information is needed on the trend in the practice over time, where it is most prevalent in a country, and what the characteristics of girls marrying early are. This brief was produced as part of the Child Marriage Series.

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  • Chata Malé & Quentin Wodon, 2016. "Basic Profile of Child Marriage in the Republic of Congo," Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs 105914, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:hnpkbs:105914

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    1. Foster, James & Greer, Joel & Thorbecke, Erik, 1984. "A Class of Decomposable Poverty Measures," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 52(3), pages 761-766, May.
    2. Minh Cong Nguyen & Quentin Wodon, 2012. "Measuring child marriage," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(1), pages 398-411.
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