Economic systems and rates of polygyny.

  title={Economic systems and rates of polygyny.},
  author={Gary R. Lee and Leslie B Whitbeck},
This paper examines the roles of primary subsistence base and womens contributions to food production in the etiology of polygyny. Cross-cultural data from the Ethnographic Atlas are employed....The results show that polygyny is very likely to be allowed but infrequently practiced in exploitative and incipient agriculture economies. It is most likely to be widespread in herding and extensive agriculture economies but decreases in frequency as agricultural technology develops further. These… CONTINUE READING