Property Rights over Marital Transfers

  title={Property Rights over Marital Transfers},
  author={S. Anderson and Chris Bidner},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Economics},
  • S. Anderson, Chris Bidner
  • Published 2015
  • Economics
  • Quarterly Journal of Economics
  • In developing countries, the extent to which women possess property rights is shaped in large part by transfers received at the time of marriage. Focusing on dowry, we develop a simple model of the marriage market with intra-household bargaining in order to understand the incentives for brides’ parents to allocate the rights over the dowry between their daughter and her groom. In doing so, we clarify and formalize the ‘dual role’ of dowry ‐ as a pre-mortem bequest and as a market clearing price… CONTINUE READING
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