Marriage Postponement in Iran: Accounting for Socio-economic and Cultural Change in Time and Space


Torabi, F; Baschieri, A; Clarke, L; Abbasi-Shavazi, MJ; (2013) Marriage Postponement in Iran: Accounting for Socio-economic and Cultural Change in Time and Space. Population, space and place, 19 (3). pp. 258-274. ISSN 1544-8444 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.1710

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Abstract

The mean age at marriage of Iranian women increased by three years between the mid-1980s and 2000 during a period of great socio-economic change, particularly affecting the 19711975 and 19761980 birth cohorts. This paper analyses the marriage timing and life course experience of these cohorts of women and highlights the contribution that ethnicity and changes in the socio-economic context made to the sharp marriage delay experienced by the 19761980 birth cohort. A discrete time hazard model is applied to the 2000 Iran Demographic and Health Survey data, which are linked to a range of time-varying district-level contextual variables created from the 1986 and 1996 Iranian censuses. The findings suggest that the marriage postponement experienced by the younger birth cohort is related to improvements in women's education and can partly be explained by the increased opportunity costs of marriage, which resulted from limited access to education after marriage. The findings also suggest that differences in marriage timing between areas predominated by certain ethnic groups became less evident for the younger birth cohort. Copyright (c) 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Population Studies (1974-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
Population Studies Group
Web of Science ID: 317019200004
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/989862

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