Why Would She? Polygyny and Women's Welfare in Ghana

  title={Why Would She? Polygyny and Women's Welfare in Ghana},
  author={Amy Ickowitz and Lisa L. Mohanty},
  journal={Feminist Economics},
  pages={104 - 77}
ABSTRACT This study examines whether polygynous marriages are beneficial to women in Ghana. While some scholars claim that women benefit from such marriages in terms of higher consumption or leisure time, others believe that such relationships can be oppressive for women, as compared to monogamous relationships. Using household data from the 2005/6 Ghanaian Living Standards Measurement Survey V and the 2008 Ghanaian Demographic Health Survey, this study finds little evidence to support the view… 

Family Structure and Marital Violence among Women in Ghana

The structure of Ghanaian families has significantly changed over the years. Even so, some features of the traditional Ghanaian family have remained. For instance, polygynous families continue to be

The Exaggerated Demise of Polygyny: Transformations in Marriage and Gender Relations in West Africa

The West African region has the world’s highest rates of polygyny, the practice of one man marrying two or more wives. Many scholars once foresaw polygyny’s eventual demise, and indeed polygyny

Women’s Empowerment and Child Nutrition in Polygynous Households of Northern Ghana

Weather shocks and other shocks affecting the economy of farm households often trigger a cascade of coping mechanisms, from reducing food consumption to selling assets, with potentially lasting

Polygyny and Women’s Status: Myths and Evidence

  • L. Pesando
  • Sociology, Economics
    Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • 2020
Polygyny The most common and accepted form of polygamy, entailing the marriage of a man with several women. Today, polygyny is more widespread in Africa than in any other continent, and most

Polygyny and Intimate Partner Violence in Mozambique

Data from rural Mozambique is used to distinguish women in polygynous unions by rank and coresidence to show that senior wives report higher rates of violence than their junior wife and monogamously married counterparts.

Food insecurity and family structure in Nigeria

  • N. Owoo
  • Economics, Sociology
    SSM - population health
  • 2018

Polygyny and Resources for Empowerment and Equality in Anglo-Phone West Africa: Implications for Childbearing and Women’s Well-Being

In West Africa, polygyny remained a common type of marriage. However, in spite of numerous studies exploring polygyny, the relationship between polygyny and access to resources for empowerment and

Women with infertility complying with and resisting polygyny: an explorative qualitative study in urban Gambia

The experiences and decision-making power of women with infertility when it comes to polygynous marriages was found to be closely related to their socio-demographic background.

Polygamy and female labour supply in Senegal

In this paper, we explore the links between polygyny and female labour supply in Senegal using a nationally representative survey. In a reduced-form approach, we first measure the impact of polygyny

Intimate Partner Violence and Age at Marriage in Mali: The Moderating Influence of Polygynous Unions.

Polygyny and early marriage - both prevalent in Mali - are risk factors for intimate partner violence (IPV). Relying on data from the 2018 Malian Demographic and Health Surveys, the study examines



Polygyny: Women's Views in a Transitional Society, Nigeria 1975.

Womens attitudes toward polygyny are examined in the context of a transitional urban society in western Nigeria - a society in which almost 1/2 of all wives live in polygynous unions. The data on the

The Intra-Household Economics of Polygyny: Fertility and Child Mortality in Rural Mali

Building on anthropological evidence, we develop a model of intra-household decision making on fertility and child survival within the framework of the collective household model. We carry out a test

Polygyny and family planning in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • J. E. Brown
  • Sociology, Economics
    Studies in family planning
  • 1981
Evidence suggests that polygynous women may desire fewer children than monogamous women and may not need contraceptives as early in the postpartum period.

Polygynists and Their Wives in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Analysis of Five Demographic and Health Surveys

Differential polygyny in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia is investigated using individual-level Demographic and Health Surveys data. As well as contrasting polygynists' first wives with

The Economics of Polygyny in Sub-Saharan Africa: Female Productivity and the Demand for Wives in Côte d'Ivoire

Polygyny is still practiced throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa, with important social consequences. This paper makes the first attempt to link African polygyny directly to the productivity of

Peoples’ Perception of Polygyny in Contemporary Times in Nigeria

Abstract The study examined the peoples’ perception of polygyny in Contemporary Times in Nigeria. The study sought to identify the factors that have led to peoples change of attitudes about polygyny

Polygyny, Fertility, and Savings

  • M. Tertilt
  • Economics, Sociology
    Journal of Political Economy
  • 2005
Sub‐Saharan Africa has a high incidence of polygyny. It is also the poorest region of the world. In this paper I ask whether banning polygyny could play any role for development. Using a quantitative

Women's Perceptions of Polygyny Among the Kaguru of Tanzania

Much of the large body of research on polygyny in sub-Saharan Africa focuses on the sociocultural and demographic correlates of polygyny (Boserup 1970; Goody 1976; Lesthaeghe et al. 1989, 1994) and

Co-wife conflict and co-operation

Conventional wisdom holds that the polygynous family system is as sexually and emotionally satisfying as a monogamous one. Ethnographic accounts of 69 polygynous systems, however, provide compelling

The Impact of Education on Fertility and Child Mortality: Do Fathers Really Matter Less than Mothers?

This paper takes advantage of a massive school construction program that took place in Indonesia between 1973 and 1978 to estimate the effect of education on fertility and child mortality. Time and