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Tanusree Mishra and Tanmoyee Banerjee (Chatterjee)
''Child marriage: some facts from selected Indian states''
( 2020, Vol. 40 No.3 )
Child marriage of daughters, a social evil still prevails in many parts of India. The present study explores some causes of this social evil using DLHS4(District Level Health Survey) data while taking into account the state level variation in incidence of child marriage.We find that the probability of marriage of a girl child before legal age decreases for a son-dominant household where son dominance is instrumented using a dummy variable indicating the sex of first born child. Also, marriage pattern of parents, in terms of age difference and education difference, has influence on early marriage of girl children. Further, we observe that the incidence of child marriage is high among the poor measured in terms of asset ownership, in tribal and Muslim families.Data exploration shows that tribal populated North-East states of India, though matriarchal in nature are characterized by higher incidence of girl child marriage compared to other states in India.
Keywords: child marriage, son-dominant, marriage pattern, multilevel, state level
JEL: J1 - Demographic Economics: General
O1 - Economic Development: General
Manuscript Received : Feb 05 2020 Manuscript Accepted : Aug 08 2020

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