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Dowry and Property Rights

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  • Siwan Anderson

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Modernisation necessarily leads to the emergence of dowry as a direct transfer to the groom ("groom-price"). The historical instances of dowry can be classified according to the schema implied by the model. The implications of the model are also tested using current data from Pakistan; a country of some relevance because dowry legislation is currently an active policy debate [BREAD WP 080].

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Keywords: dowry; gender; property rights; marriage; Pakistan; legislation; policy; modernisation; model; groom price; marriage;

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  1. Srinivasan, S. & Bedi, A.S., 2006. "Domestic violence and dowry: evidence from a south Indian village," ISS Working Papers - General Series, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague 19188, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
  2. Sharma, Amarendra & Frijters, Paul, 2009. "Groom price-female human capital: Some empirical evidence," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 38(2), pages 270-279, March.

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