When One Wife Is Enough : a Cross-cultural Study of the Determinants of Monogamy

  title={When One Wife Is Enough : a Cross-cultural Study of the Determinants of Monogamy},
  author={Malcolm M. Dow}
Multiple proposed determinants of the long-term historical shift in marriage preference from polygynous to monogamous unions are tested simultaneously using data on a worldwide sample of 186 pre-industrial societies. Since the diffusion of monogamy though conquest and population migration is well documented, we employ network autocorrelation regression models that include the cultural transmission of monogamy as an endogenous predictor variable. Linguistic and spatial transmission processes are… CONTINUE READING


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