Lucia is Lecturer in Economics in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London. Her fields of interest are development economics, public economics and applied microeconometrics. Most of her research focuses on understanding constraints on economic development in Africa through traditional empirical analysis and randomised field experiments.
Selling daughters: age of marriage, income shocks and the bride price tradition
| Working Paper
When markets are incomplete, cultural norms may play an important role in shaping economic behavior. In this paper, we explore whether income shocks increase the probability of child marriages in societies that engage in bride price payments – transfers from the groom to the bride’s parents at marriage.