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The economic value of virtue

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  • Fabio Mariani

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    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PSE - Paris School of Economics, IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor)

We model virtue as an asset on the marriage market : since men value virginity in prospective mates, preserving their virtue increases girls' chances of getting a "good" husband, and therefore allows for upward social mobility. Consistent with some historical and anthropological evidence, we find that the diffusion (and the social value) of virginity, across societies and over time, can be determined, among others, by income inequality, gender differences, social stratification and overall economic development. This is a further example of how cultural and moral values can be affected by economic factors.

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Date of creation: Dec 2008
Publication status: Published in Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 2008.101 - ISSN : 1955-611X. 2008
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