Does International Migration Help Them Marry earlier? A Hazard Model for the Case of Egypt - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Does International Migration Help Them Marry earlier? A Hazard Model for the Case of Egypt

Anda David and Rana Hendy

September, 2016


18 pages

J6. Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
J1. Demographic Economics
O1. Economic Development

Marriage represents an important step of entering adulthood in the Egyptian society and its delay often results in tensions and frustration among youth. Considering migration as a predetermined strategy to reach a targeted level of savings, we question whether having migrated helps shorten the duration to marriage in the case of Egypt. To the best of our knowledge, the present study will be the first to link the timing of migration to the timing of marriage in the case of Egypt. We find no effect of migration on the timing of marriage, except within the migrant population.


يمثل الزواج خطوة هامة لدخول مرحلة البلوغ في المجتمع المصري وتأخيره في كثير من الأحيان يؤدي إلى التوتر والإحباط بين الشباب. وبالنظر إلى الهجرة باعتبارها استراتيجية محددة سلفا للوصول إلى المستوى المستهدف للمدخرات، علينا أن نتساءل ما إذا كانت الهجرة ساعدت على تقصير مدة الزواج في مصر. إلى حد علمنا، فإن الدراسة الحالية هي أول من ربط توقيت الهجرة بتوقيت الزواج في مصر. لا نجد أي تأثير للهجرة على توقيت الزواج، إلا في عدد السكان المهاجرين


Anda David

Research Officer with the Research and Development Division of the Agence Française de Développement.

Research Associates

Rana Hendy

Assistant Professor, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar University



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