The Social and Economic Dynamics of Marriage in Egypt



Dina Abdel Fattah

The unique nature of marriage in the Arab region has generated a range of stylized facts that may not be very pertinent to Western societies. An example of which is the importance of marriage itself, the problematic delay in marriage as well as the costs accompanying marriage. These issues have all been relevant to the Arab world but not as germane to most of the Western world. The analysis in this paper reinforces the role of the marriage market in explaining the low participation of females in the labor market, in addition to the role of the socially popular phenomena of circumcision and kinship marriage.

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