The Economics of Polygyny in Sub-Saharan Africa: Female Productivity and the Demand for Wives in Côte d'Ivoire

  title={The Economics of Polygyny in Sub-Saharan Africa: Female Productivity and the Demand for Wives in C{\^o}te d'Ivoire},
  author={Hanan G. Jacoby},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  pages={938 - 971}
  • Hanan G. Jacoby
  • Published 1 October 1995
  • Economics
  • Journal of Political Economy
Polygyny is still practiced throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa, with important social consequences. This paper makes the first attempt to link African polygyny directly to the productivity of women in agriculture using micro data. I develop a structural model of the demand for wives that disentangles wealth and substitution effects. Using a large household survey from Côte d'Ivoire, I find that marked geographic diversity in cropping patterns leads to regional variation in female labor… Expand
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