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The Risk of Polygamy and Wives' Saving Behavior

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  • Marie Boltz

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    (Paris School of Economics, Sciences Po Paris)

  • Isabelle Chort

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    (LEDa, UMR DIAL-Paris-Dauphine)

In a polygamous society, all monogamous women are potentially at risk of polygamy. However, both the anthropological and economic literatures are silent on the potential impact of the risk of polygamy on economic decisions of monogamous wives. We explore this issue for Senegal using individual panel data. We rst estimate a Cox model for the probability of transition to polygamy. Second, we estimate the impact of the predicted risk of polygamy on monogamous wives' savings. We nd a positive impact of the risk of polygamy on female savings entrusted to formal or informal institutions, suggestive of self-protective strategies. This increase in savings comes at the cost of reduced consumption, both in terms of household food expenditures and wives' private non-food expenses.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2015
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