Evaluating the impact of housing market liberalization on the timing of marriage: Evidence from Egypt

Ragui Assaad, Caroline Krafft, Dominique J. Rolando

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Abstract

The transition to adulthood around the world is increasingly characterized by young people’s desire to form independent households. Forming such households in Egypt requires buying or building a dwelling or obtaining a rental unit. Policies governing housing markets, such as rent control, and limited financing options have historically made access to housing for young couples challenging. In this paper, we use a difference-in-difference approach to evaluate how the liberalization of rental markets in Egypt affected the timing of marriage. We find that Egypt’s 1996 rental reforms accelerated marriages and led to a reversal in the trend of rising age at marriage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-361
Number of pages19
JournalPopulation Studies
Volume75
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge funding from the Economic Research Forum.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Population Investigation Committee.

Keywords

  • Egypt
  • house prices
  • housing
  • living arrangements
  • market liberalization
  • marriage
  • rent control

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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