Polygyny, Fertility, and Savings

@article{Tertilt2005PolygynyFA,
  title={Polygyny, Fertility, and Savings},
  author={M. Tertilt},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  year={2005},
  volume={113},
  pages={1341 - 1371}
}
  • M. Tertilt
  • Published 2005
  • Economics
  • Journal of Political Economy
Sub‐Saharan Africa has a high incidence of polygyny. It is also the poorest region of the world. In this paper I ask whether banning polygyny could play any role for development. Using a quantitative model of polygyny, I find that enforcing monogamy lowers fertility, shrinks the spousal age gap, and reverses the direction of marriage payments. Polygyny leads to high bride‐prices to “ration” women, which makes buying wives and selling daughters a good investment, thus crowding out investment in… Expand
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