Marriage laws and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Schoellman, Todd ; Tertilt, Michèle

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Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2005
Place of publication: Stanford, CA
Publishing house: Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Makro- u. Entwicklungsökonomie (Tertilt 2010-)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Many Sub-Saharan African countries are extremely poor. It has been argued that the marriage system -- in particular polygyny -- is one contributing factor to the lack of development in this region. Polygyny leads to low incentives to save, depressing the capital stock and output. Enforcing monogamy might seem like an obvious solution. However, such a law will have winners and losers. In this paper, we investigate the transition from a polygynous to a monogamous steady state.

Dieser Datensatz wurde nicht während einer Tätigkeit an der Universität Mannheim veröffentlicht, dies ist eine Externe Publikation.

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