Paternal Uncertainty and the Economics of Mating, Marriage, and Parental Investment in Children

@article{Bethmann2005PaternalUA,
  title={Paternal Uncertainty and the Economics of Mating, Marriage, and Parental Investment in Children},
  author={Dirk Bethmann and Michal Kvasni{\vc}ka},
  journal={Labor and Demography},
  year={2005}
}
We develop a theoretical model of mating behavior and parental investment in children under asymmetry in kin recognition between men and women that provides a microfoundation for the institution of marriage. In the model, men and women derive utility from consumption and reproductive success, which is a function of the number and quality of own offspring. Because of paternal uncertainty, men unlike women may err in investing resources in offspring that is not biologically theirs. As a socially… 
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