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Individual vs. Parental Consent in Marriage: Implications for Intra-Household Resource Allocation and Growth

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  • Edlund, Lena Cecilia
  • Lagerlöf, Nils-Petter

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Marrying individuals' consent has been requirement for marriage in Europe since the Middle Ages - in most of the rest of the world parental consent reigned until at least until the 1950s. This paper investigates the role of consent in marriage for intra-household allocation of resources and growth. We argue that a shift from parental to individual consent moves resources in the same direction, favouring young men and young women over old men. If young adults have greater incentives to invest in child human capital than the old (who will be around fewer periods), this may impact on growth. We formulate a simple endogenous growth model capturing these aspects.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 5474.

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Keywords: arranged marriage; endogenous growth; individual consent; love marriage; parental consent;

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  1. Lena Edlund & Nils-Petter Lagerlöf, 2006. "Individual versus Parental Consent in Marriage: Implications for Intra-Household Resource Allocation and Growth," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 96(2), pages 304-307, May.
  2. Matthias Doepke & Michèle Tertilt & Alessandra Voena, 2011. "The Economics and Politics of Women's Rights," NBER Working Papers 17672, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. DE LA CROIX, David & MARIANI, Fabio, 2012. "From polygyny to serial monogamy: a unified theory of marriage institutions," CORE Discussion Papers 2012018, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  4. Tom Vogl, 2012. "Marriage Institutions and Sibling Competition: Evidence from South Asia," NBER Working Papers 18319, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Evelyn Korn, 2008. "Zerstört der Sozialstaat die Familie?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 9(2), pages 156-172, 05.

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