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

@article{delaCroix2012FromPT,
  title={From Polygyny to Serial Monogamy: A Unified Theory of Marriage Institutions},
  author={David de la Croix and Fabio Mariani},
  journal={European Economics: Political Economy \& Public Economics eJournal},
  year={2012}
}
  • David de la CroixF. Mariani
  • Published 16 June 2012
  • Economics, Sociology
  • European Economics: Political Economy & Public Economics 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… 

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