To Honor and Obey: Efficiency, Inequality, and Patriarchal Property Rights

@article{Braunstein2000ToHA,
  title={To Honor and Obey: Efficiency, Inequality, and Patriarchal Property Rights},
  author={Elissa Braunstein and Nancy Folbre},
  journal={Feminist Economics},
  year={2000},
  volume={7},
  pages={25 - 44}
}
In this paper we use the logic of contractual relationships within the family to explore how technological change, distributional struggle, and collective action can help explain the relationship between economic development, fertility decline, and the emergence of more egalitarian marriages. We draw on the historical context of Great Britain and the U.S. between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries to argue that the property rights afforded male household heads constituted a system of… Expand
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