Knowledge Note

This brief has provided a basic profile of child marriage in Nigeria. Measures of child marriage are high. The share of women ages 18-22 who married as children is 42.1 percent, but it has declined over time. The share of girls marrying very early, before the age of 15, has also declined. Child marriage is associated with lower wealth, lower education levels, and higher labor force participation. These are however only correlations, not necessarily causal effects. Other briefs in this series look at potential causal effects.

About the Presenters

Chata Male

Quentin Wodon