From Polygyny to Serial Monogamy: A Unified Theory of Marriage Institutions

@article{Croix2012FromPT,
  title={From Polygyny to Serial Monogamy: A Unified Theory of Marriage Institutions},
  author={David de la Croix and F. Mariani},
  journal={Labor: Demographics & Economics of the Family eJournal},
  year={2012}
}
  • David de la Croix, F. Mariani
  • Published 2012
  • Economics
  • Labor: Demographics & Economics of the Family eJournal
  • Consider an economy populated by males and females, both rich and poor. The society has to choose one of the following marriage institutions: polygyny, strict monogamy, and serial monogamy (divorce and remarriage). After having identified the conditions under which each of these equilibria exists, we show that a rise in the share of rich males can explain a change of regime from polygyny to monogamy. The introduction of serial monogamy follows from a further rise in either the proportion of… CONTINUE READING
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