MEYI Policy Outlook 1
This brief examines the role of housing policy reforms in curbing delays in marriage for young men by increasing access to housing and reducing the need for large capital outlays for initial housing upon marriage. The authors present evidence that the long-term trend of rising age of marriage among young men in Egypt has been reversed in recent years. The analysis shows that this observed decline is in part due to housing policy reforms introduced in 1996. The assessment concludes with a discussion of implications for policy makers in promoting access to affordable housing and reducing waithood for young men.