Does Dowry Improve Life for Brides ? A Test of the Bequest Theory of Dowry in Rural Bangladesh

  title={Does Dowry Improve Life for Brides ? A Test of the Bequest Theory of Dowry in Rural Bangladesh},
  author={Luciana Suran},
  • Luciana Suran
  • Published 2004
In recent years, dowry levels have risen to previously unforeseen levels. Among Hindus in north India dowry can amount to three or four times a family’s total assets. Among Muslims in Bangladesh and Hindus in south India, dowry has become commonplace whereas the practice did not exist a generation ago. The institution of dowry has been widely criticized, socially maligned, and legally banned. Some recent economic writings suggest that dowry functions as a bequest or pre-mortem inheritance… CONTINUE READING

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