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Type Journal Article - Demography
Title Marriage behavior response to prime-age adult mortality: evidence from Malawi
Volume 46
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
Page numbers 43-63
URL http://www.springerlink.com/content/a587670361175121/
This article examines the effect of AIDS-related mortality of the prime-age adult population on marriage behavior among women in Malawi. A rise in prime-age adult mortality increases risks associated with the search for a marriage partner in the marriage market. A possible behavioral change in the marriage market in response to an increase in prime-age adult mortality is to marry earlier to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS risks. We test this hypothesis by using micro data from Malawi, where prime-age adult mortality has drastically increased. In the analysis, we estimate the probability of prime-age adult mortality that sample women have observed during their adolescent period by utilizing retrospective information on deaths of their siblings. Empirical analysis shows that excess prime-age adult mortality in the local marriage market lowers the marriage age for females and shortens the interval between the first sex and first marriage.

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Ueyama, Mika, and Futoshi Yamauchi. "Marriage behavior response to prime-age adult mortality: evidence from Malawi." Demography 46, no. 1 (2009): 43-63.
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