Girls' schooling and marriage in rural Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, girls' ability to complete schooling is compromised by poverty and the practice of early marriage. Although most girls enroll in school, rates of dropping out are high around puberty. This paper uses a panel survey (2001 and 2003) of nearly 3,000 adolescent girls in rural Bangladesh to predict schooling outcomes. The analysis explores household and community factors to explain school enrollment, dropping out and marriage. Girls in poor households are more likely to drop out before reaching secondary school. Girls in wealthier households are more likely to drop out later, because of marriage, and having more siblings increases this possibility.
Mahmud, Simeen and Sajeda Amin. 2006. "Girls' schooling and marriage in rural Bangladesh," in Emily Hannum and Bruce Fuller (eds.), Children's Lives and Schooling Across Societies (Research in the Sociology of Education, Volume 15), pp. 71–99.