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Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.

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Timing of family formation in ethnic mosaic Nepal: A district-level analysis

Marriage marks the beginning of socially sanctioned exposure to pregnancy and sets the course of subsequent childbearing. Thus, the age of a woman at marriage is one of the most important proximate determinants of the aggregate level of fertility (Bongaarts and Potter, 1983). Age at marriage is also an important indicator of women’s status (Safilios-Rothschild, 1986). An increase in the age at marriage also means minimizing first births to teenage mothers, which is known to carry a higher risk for the mother and child (Hobcraft, 1987). Because of its role in determining the fertility level, improving women’s and children’s health, and enhancing women’s status, increasing age at marriage has been an important domain of public policy-making (Henry and Piotrow, 1979). Most countries, for example, have imposed legal sanctions on age at first marriage. The identification of factors affecting the age at marriage is therefore of paramount interest for multiple reasons.

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