Economic Impacts of Child Marriage: Global Synthesis Report

(Conference Edition)

by Quentin Wodon, Chata Male, Ada Nayihouba et al.
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the World Bank, June 2017

99 pp. 3.0 MB

Ending child marriage could return more than US$ 4 trillion to the global economy, according to this new study. 15 million girls under 18 are married every year – putting good education and jobs out of reach for many. The practice also leads to increased population growth; data from 15 countries with high child marriage rates show that girls married at age 13 will have 26% more children than if they married at 18 or later. Globally, the rate of child marriage is declining, but every 3 seconds a girl under 18 gets married.

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