The Identity Economics of Female Genital Mutilation

@article{Coyne2014TheIE,
  title={The Identity Economics of Female Genital Mutilation},
  author={Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Coyne},
  journal={Journal of Developing Areas},
  year={2014},
  volume={48},
  pages={137-152}
}
Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or complete excision of external female genitalia and other damage to the female genital organs. This paper develops the identity economics of FGM as a complement to the agency-cost explanation provided by previous rational choice theorists. We analyze how identity influences the costs and benefits associated with participation in FGM, offering insight into the persistence of the practice, as well as what changing the practice entails. Our… Expand
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