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The relationship between sex ratios and marriage rates in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-16 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T13:21:09Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T13:21:09Z
dc.date.issued 2017-10-16 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11285
dc.description.abstract We investigate the relationship between alternative definitions of sex ratios and marriage outcomes among African and white women in South Africa. In contrast to marriages among whites, African marriages in South Africa traditionally have involved the payment of bridewealth (or ilobolo) by a husband to the prospective wife's family. Using matched data from the 2001 Population Census and the South African Labour Force Surveys, we find that among Africans, both the quantity and quality of unmarried men relative to women in local marriage markets are significant predictors of marriage. However, economic-based measures of marriageability have a larger effect on marriage outcomes than simple sex ratios. These findings are consistent with the argument that bridewealth payments act as a financial constraint to marriage among African couples, raising the marriageability criteria of men. In contrast, we find mostly insignificant results for the relationship between sex ratios and marriage outcomes among white women. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject MARRIAGE en
dc.subject LOBOLO (BRIDEWEALTH) en
dc.subject SEX RATIOS en
dc.title The relationship between sex ratios and marriage rates in South Africa en
dc.type Journal articles - non-HSRC staff en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume 45(5) en
dc.BudgetYear 2013/14 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Applied Economics en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9993 en
dc.PageNumber 663-676 en
dc.outputnumber 8944 en
dc.bibliographictitle Posel, D. & Casale, D. (2013) The relationship between sex ratios and marriage rates in South Africa. <i>Applied Economics</i>. 45(5):663-676. en
dc.publicationyear 2013 en
dc.contributor.author1 Posel, D. en
dc.contributor.author2 Casale, D. en


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