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May 2021

“A Signal to End Child Marriage: Theory and Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh,” Erica Field, Duke University

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Konica Minolta

Erica Field, Duke University Seminar Co-Sponsor: Luskin Public Policy Abstract: Child marriage remains common in many settings even where schooling and labor market opportunities have grown considerably. To explain this phenomenon, we introduce a marriage market signaling model in which bride type is not per- fectly observed but preferred brides have lower benefits of delaying marriage. This gives preferred brides an incentive to reveal their type by marrying young, shifting the market towards early marriage even when everyone benefits from…

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“Prevalences, Penalties, and the Small Impact of Single Motherhood on America’s High Child Poverty,” David Brady, UC Riverside

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
David Brady

David Brady, UC Riverside Abstract: Many claim high U.S. child poverty results from a high prevalence of single motherhood, and reducing single motherhood would substantially reduce child poverty. To scrutinize these arguments, we apply the “prevalences and penalties” framework to Luxembourg Income Study data across 30 rich democracies and over time within the U.S. 1979–2016. The descriptive patterns fail to support these claims. Although the U.S. has a moderately high prevalence of single motherhood, a fairly high prevalence is typical…

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