Why Is Polygyny More Prevalent in Western Africa? An African Slave Trade Perspective

  title={Why Is Polygyny More Prevalent in Western Africa? An African Slave Trade Perspective},
  author={John T. Dalton and Tin Cheuk Leung},
  journal={Economic Development and Cultural Change},
  pages={599 - 632}
Polygyny rates are higher in western Africa than in eastern Africa. The African slave trades help explain this difference. More male slaves were exported in the transatlantic slave trades from western Africa, while more female slaves were exported in the Indian Ocean slave trades from eastern Africa. The slave trades led to prolonged periods of abnormal sex ratios, which affected the rates of polygyny across Africa. In order to assess these claims, we present evidence from a variety of sources… 

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