author={Mich{\`e}le Tertilt},
  journal={Journal of the European Economic Association},
  • M. Tertilt
  • Published 5 April 2006
  • Economics
  • Journal of the European Economic Association
Many Sub-Saharan African countries are extremely poor. It has been argued that the marriage system-in particular polygyny-is one contributing factor to the lack of development in this region. However, enforcing monogamy has proved to be very difficult. In this paper, I argue that transferring the right of choosing a husband from fathers to daughters might be an alternative policy that could potentially be easier to enforce. I use a calibrated general equilibrium model of polygyny to analyze… 

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