The CRRC Georgia Policy Bulletin is a series of policy briefs that focuses on a variety of issues facing Georgia. The briefs use rigorous data analysis to help inform decision making.
- January 2020
Child Marriage in Georgia: Economic and Educational Consequences
Child marriage remains a persistent problem in Georgia, with approximately 14% of the adult female population married under the age of 18. The trend has remained stagnant, with no statistically significant changes in the rate of underage marriage over the last 70 years. This represents a clear social and public health issue. In addition to well-documented social and health-related issues relating to underage marriage, this study shows that the practice is associated with worse economic outcomes for women who marry underage. Negative outcomes appear to stem from the lower levels of education women who marry underage attain. Although the primary goal of policy on underage marriage should be its elimination, the data suggests clear policy options to alleviate the economic harm women who have married underage experience.