WiP: Economic Consequences of Child Marriage in Georgia

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 19th talk of the Spring/Summer 2019 Works-in-Progress Series!

“The Economic Consequences of Child Marriage in Georgia”

By Dustin Gilbreath, CRRC-Georgia

Date: July 10, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 5 Chkhikvadze Str. (Former 5 Chavchavadze ave.), I floor.

Underage marriage remains a persistent problem in Georgia, with approximately 14% of the adult female population married under the age of 18. This represents a clear social and public health issue. Aside from the clearly problematic social and health related consequences of underage marriage, child marriage also has clear economic impacts. Using UN Women and CRRC Georgia data, this study identifies some of the groups which are more or less likely to marry early; estimates the differences in economic outcomes between women who are married early and not; and identifies the likely culprit for poorer economic well-being as lower levels of educational attainment.

Dustin Gilbreath is the Deputy Research Director at CRRC-Georgia. His work focuses on experimental and quasi-experimental research design for impact evaluation and the testing of policy interventions.

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W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at 5 Chkhikvadze Str. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public. The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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