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date: 22 October 2019

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Marriage is the most important contractual agreement young North Africans generally undertake. Despite its importance, there has been little rigorous empirical research on the economics of marriage in North Africa. Drawing on a theoretical framework grounded in economic theories of the marriage market and game-theoretic bargaining, this chapter empirically examines the determinants of a number of marriage outcomes, including age at marriage, marriage costs, consanguinity, and nuclear residence, using data from Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia. We demonstrate how individual characteristics, parental background and ability to pay shape bargaining power and marriage outcomes, and we highlight the tradeoffs between different marriage outcomes.

Keywords: economics of marriage, marriage market, marriage contract, bargaining, North Africa, age at Marriage, marriage costs, consanguinity, nuclear residence

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