Family economics in developing countries

Molitor, Vera

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-366801
Document Type: Doctoral dissertation
Year of publication: 2014
Place of publication: Mannheim
University: Universität Mannheim
Evaluator: Tertilt, Michèle
Date of oral examination: 3 June 2014
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Makro- u. Entwicklungsökonomie (Tertilt 2010-)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences - CDSE (Economics)
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: O11, O12, O55, J12, J16, J13, J16,
Subject headings (SWD): Familienökonomie , Entwicklungsökonomie , Beschneidung <Frau> , Fertilität , Geburtenrate
Individual keywords (German): Weibliche Genitalverstümmelung
Keywords (English): Female genital cutting/mutilation , marriage market , premarital investment , female empowerment , education , fertility
Abstract: This dissertation covers two topics within the research area of family economics: violence against women in the form of female genital cutting and gender differences in fertility choices. In Part I of my dissertation, I analyze the harmful tradition of female genital cutting (FGC) from an economic perspective. It is estimated that 80 to 130 million women are circumcised/mutilated worldwide, with 3 million girls at risk of undergoing this procedure every year. Chapter 2 starts with a cross-country analysis and connects FGC rates with women's status in different countries. Chapter 3 places its emphasis on within-country variation and the interaction of FGC with marriage and education. In both chapters, the analysis and discussion of policies to reduce FGC play an important role. Part II focuses on fertility outcomes, in particular on differences in completed fertility by gender and the role of polygyny for potential fertility gaps in developing countries.

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