Poverty, Marriage Timing, and Transitions to Adulthood in Nepal
Article first published online: 4 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Population Council, Inc.
Studies in Family Planning
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 79–92, June 2012
How to Cite
Bajracharya, A. and Amin, S. (2012), Poverty, Marriage Timing, and Transitions to Adulthood in Nepal. Studies in Family Planning, 43: 79–92. doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4465.2012.00307.x
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 4 JUN 2012
This study examines the influence of household poverty during early childhood on schooling, workforce participation, and early marriage among adolescent girls in Nepal. Longitudinal data from the two-wave panel of the Nepal Living Standards Survey (NLSS) were used to examine these relationships. For 5-9-year-old girls contacted in NLSS I and again when aged 13–17 in NLSS II (N = 400), multinomial logit regression estimates indicate that household poverty during early childhood is associated with greater likelihood of marrying early or joining the workforce rather than remaining in school. Analyzing the data by household wealth quintiles reveals that these associations are largest for the second-poorest quintile, not the poorest. This study highlights the role of household rather than individual characteristics in adolescent girls' decisionmaking.