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Glass slippers and glass ceilings: An analysis of marital anticipation and female education

Jafarey, S. & Maiti, D. (2015). Glass slippers and glass ceilings: An analysis of marital anticipation and female education. Journal of Development Economics, 115, doi: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2014.12.005


This paper studies how marital anticipation affects female schooling in the presence of gender wage inequality and private benefits of education. Gender wage inequality induces a marital division of labor that creates (i) a marginal disincentive to girls' schooling and (ii) a tradeoff between consumption and education facing females in marriage markets. We show that in the presence of the last effect, an increase in the market wage can have negative consequences for the education of females who specialise in housework.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Development Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as editing, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONIMICS, 24the February 2015 DOI 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2014.12.005
Publisher Keywords: Female education, labor market discrimination, marriage
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics
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