July 2018

IZA DP No. 11656: Inter-Spousal Communication in Consanguineous Marriages: Evidence from Egypt

Aastha Rajan, George S Naufal

This paper examines the relationship between consanguinity and frequency of communication between spouses using a nationally representative sample of young married respondents in Egypt. Using a variety of estimation techniques, the results suggest that being related to one's spouse does not influence inter-spousal communication. However, we find evidence of some marriage characteristics that are associated with inter-spousal communication. The paper presents first empirical evidence which links consanguinity and communication dynamics in the household. In terms of policy implication, communication plays a critical role in marriage as it helps maintain quality relationship between spouses and directly contributes to marital satisfaction, and hence divorce rates.