The Economics of Dowry and Brideprice

  title={The Economics of Dowry and Brideprice},
  author={Siwan Anderson},
  journal={Journal of Economic Perspectives},
  • Siwan Anderson
  • Published 1 November 2007
  • Economics
  • Journal of Economic Perspectives
Payments between families at the time of marriage have existed throughout the history of most developed countries and are currently pervasive in many areas of the developing world. These payments can be substantial enough to affect the welfare of women and a society's distribution of wealth. Recent estimates document transfers per marriage amounting to four to six times annual household income. This paper first establishes some basic facts about the prevalence and magnitude of marriage payments… 

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