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Basic profile of child marriage in Cote d'Ivoire (English)

Measures of child marriage are high in Côte d’Ivoire. The share of women ages 18-22 who married as children is 32.0 percent, but it has declined over time. The share of girls marrying very early, before the age of 15, is under nine percent and has also declined slightly. Child marriage is associated with lower wealth, lower education levels, and higher labor force participation. These are however only correlations, not necessarily causal effects. This brief has provided a basic profile of child marriage in Côte d’Ivoire. Measures of child marriage are very high. The share of women ages 18-22 who married as children is 32.0 percent and it has declined over time (although less so in recent years). The share of girls marrying very early, before the age of 15, has declined as well. Child marriage is associated with lower wealth, lower education levels, and higher labor force participation. These are however only correlations, not necessarily causal effects. Other briefs in this series look at potential causal effects.

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Wodon,Quentin T. Male,Chata

Basic profile of child marriage in Cote d'Ivoire (English). Health, nutrition, and population (HNP) knowledge brief : child marriage series Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/989961468187742509/Basic-profile-of-child-marriage-in-Cote-dIvoire