Dowry and Marriage Age in India

Director: Anja Sautmann
Research Theme: Development, Institutions and Demographic Change
Location: Republic of India

Sautmann looks at the connection between population growth, age at marriage and dowry in India. Using an economic framework that incorporates search frictions she finds evidence for the so-called marriage squeeze hypothesis, the theory that population growth together with a large age difference at marriage can cause a surplus of women and lead to increased dowry payments.