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Far Above Rubies: The Association Between Bride Price and Extramarital Sexual Relations in Uganda

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  • Bishai, David

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    (Johns Hopkins University)

  • Grossbard, Shoshana

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    (San Diego State University)

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The custom of bride price involves the payment of goods or cash from the groom’s family to the bride’s family at the time of marriage. We present a theory that views bride price as a payment in hedonic markets for marital fidelity. Data from a household survey in Uganda are used to test the theoretical prediction that payment of bride price will be associated with fewer non-marital sexual relationships for women. The data show a robust association between bride price payment and lower rates of non-marital sexual relationships for women but not for men.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2982.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Publication status: published as 'Far above rubies: Bride price and extramarital sexual relations in Uganda' in: Journal of Population Economics, 2010, 23 (4), 1177 - 1187
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2982

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Keywords: marriage; extra-marital relations; bride price; Uganda;

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  1. Brishti Guha, 2012. "Gambling on Genes: Ambiguity Aversion Explains Investment in Sisters’ Children," Working Papers, Singapore Management University, School of Economics 33-2012, Singapore Management University, School of Economics.
  2. Mbaye, Linguère Mously & Wagner, Natascha, 2013. "Bride Price and Fertility Decisions: Evidence from Rural Senegal," IZA Discussion Papers 7770, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Siwan Anderson, 2007. "The Economics of Dowry and Brideprice," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 21(4), pages 151-174, Fall.
  4. Fujii, Tomoki, 2014. "Dynamic Poverty Decomposition Analysis: An Application to the Philippines," ADBI Working Papers, Asian Development Bank Institute 466, Asian Development Bank Institute.
  5. Marcel Fafchamps & Agnes R. Quisumbing, 2006. "Household Formation and Marriage Markets," Economics Series Working Papers GPRG-WPS-039, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.

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