Marriage Transitions and HIV/AIDS in Malawi

Last updated September 2009

Kathleen Beegle; Berk Özler; Michelle Poulin

The goal of this research project is to collect innovative longitudinal data on a sample of young adults in Malawi to understand the links between non-marital relations and sexual experiences, transitions into marriage, socio-economic status (both prior to and after marriage), and the spread of HIV/AIDS. By following a cohort of young, initially never-married adults, the project seeks to understand the socio-economic and other conditions that precipitate marriage, including teenage pregnancies and early marriages. As we continue the study as individuals marry, we can then explore the fertility outcomes and socio-economic consequences associated with marriage, including incidence of HIV/AIDS, and the variation in outcome by the characteristics of marriages. Specifically, the study follows 1,185 unmarried women and men in the Salima district in Malawi. The panel started in summer 2007. To date, 3 rounds of data have been collected. The respondents will be interviewed for at least 3 years, continuing to collect detailed socio-economic information, sexual partnering information, and HIV status of respondents and their new spouses.
Contact Information:
Kathleen Beegle,; Berk Özler,; Michelle Poulin,, The World Bank