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Lifestyles of the rich and polygynous in Cote d’Ivoire

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  • Gould, Eric D.
  • Moav, Omer
  • Simhon, Avi

This paper investigates whether the sources of income, not just the levels, determine whether an individual is monogamous. Our results support the idea that polygyny stunts development by allowing wealthy men to acquire wives rather than investing in child quality.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 115 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 404-407

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:3:p:404-407
DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.12.064
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