Vortrag von Susan Steiner: Forced Marriage and Birth Weight: The Consequences of Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

05.05.2015 (13:30 - 15:00)

Am  Dienstag, den 5. Mai 2015, hält Susan Steiner (Universität Hannover) in der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS einen Vortrag zum Thema "Forced Marriage and Birth Weight: The Consequences of Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan". Die Veranstaltung beginnt um 13:30 Uhr im IOS Regensburg (Raum 109).

Abstract:

We study the impact of bride kidnapping, a form of forced marriage practiced in Central Asia, on child birth weight. We expect adverse consequences from the psychosocial stress often involved in forced marriages. Birth weight is an observable outcome realized soon after marriage. We analyze survey data from rural Kyrgyzstan and use kidnapping prevalence among older women at the district level as an instrument to address the endogeneity of bride kidnapping among younger women. Our findings indicate that children born to kidnapped mothers are of a substantially lower birth weight than children born to mothers who are not kidnapped. This has potentially strong implications for children’s long-term development.

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