Watta Satta : Bride Exchange and Women ’ s Welfare in Rural Pakistan

@inproceedings{Jacoby2008WattaS,
  title={Watta Satta : Bride Exchange and Women ’ s Welfare in Rural Pakistan},
  author={Hanan G. Jacoby and Ghazala Mansuri},
  year={2008}
}
Do marital institutions serve to limit inefficiency within marriage? We study the pervasive custom of watta satta in rural Pakistan, a bride exchange between families coupled with a mutual threat of retaliation. Watta satta can be seen as a mechanism for coordinating the actions of two sets of in-laws, each of whom wish to restrain their son-in-laws but who only have the ability to restrain their sons. Our empirical results corroborate this view. Marital discord, as measured by estrangement… CONTINUE READING
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