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Title: Age gap between spouses in South and Southeast Asia
Authors: Dommaraju, Premchand
Keywords: Social sciences::Sociology::Family, marriage and women
Issue Date: 2023
Source: Dommaraju, P. (2023). Age gap between spouses in South and Southeast Asia. Journal of Family Issues.
Project: 2018-T1-001-109 
Journal: Journal of Family Issues 
Abstract: Age gap between spouses has important implications for a range of outcomes—from fertility and longevity, to gender relationships, marital quality, and stability. This paper examines the age gap between spouses in 12 countries in South and Southeast Asia. The average age difference (husband’s minus wife’s age) is positive in all countries and ranges from 2.7 in Myanmar to 8.4 in Bangladesh. Age homogamous marriages accounted for 5% of all marriages in Bangladesh to close to half of all marriages in Thailand. The proportion of age hypogamous marriages was uniformly low in all the countries except for Myanmar where it reaches close to 10%. Men’s marriage age has a stronger effect in determining the age gap. In general, the age gap for women with lower education was larger than for those with higher education. However, much of this effect was explained by the difference in marriage timing across educational groups.
ISSN: 0192-513X
DOI: 10.1177/0192513X231155662
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Rights: © 2023 The Author(s). All rights reserved. This paper was published in Journal of Family Issues and is made available with permission of The Author(s).
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