Matrimonial Rights & Female Education

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This article explores how prospective matrimonial rights affect female education. To isolate the causal effect, I focus on a South African reform that makes women joint administrators of marital property. Exploiting birth year variation in exposure to the reform I estimate the differences in educational trends of Sotho women around the country border. The results show that female education increases by 6–12 months. This finding is robust to using an alternative identification strategy exploiting variation between ethnic groups within South Africa. A placebo test validates there is no effect for male education.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111125
JournalEconomics Letters
Early online date20 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023


  • Female Education, Marriage, Matrimonial Rights, Intra-household Allocation


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