Associations between Women's Age at First Cohabitation, Education and Lifetime Outcomes in Kenya and Nigeria

Bamidele E. Ola

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Abstract

Studies have shown that early marriage is negatively associated women’s education and other life outcomes. However, our knowledge of possible changes in outcomes if a woman cohabits early (before her 18th birthday), but still attains high education is grossly limited. Using DHS data of Kenya (2014, n=17,805) and Nigeria (2013, n=22,789), I showed women’s mean age at first cohabitation at national, subnational and rural-urban residences. Fitting multivariate logistic regression models at p-value <0.05, I explored background factors influencing girl’s early exposure to cohabitation (GEEC) and correlated GEEC with individual’s socio-economic outcomes in adulthood. Results show that 31% in Kenya and 48% in Nigeria cohabited early. Living in rural areas, belonging to certain sub-national, ethnic and religious groups significantly increased the likelihood of GEEC. Likewise, GEEC is significantly associated with low socio-economic outcomes, but effects are strongly attenuated by secondary education. Studies and policies should focus more on early cohabitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-29
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2019
Event8th African Population Conference 2019, UAPS 2019 - Imperial Beach Resort Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda
Duration: 18 Nov 201922 Nov 2019
https://uaps2019.popconf.org/

Conference

Conference8th African Population Conference 2019, UAPS 2019
Country/TerritoryUganda
CityEntebbe
Period18/11/1922/11/19
Internet address

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