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The Economics of Dowry Payments in Pakistan

Although there are numerous studies of the dowry phenonmenon in India, research pertaining to the custom in the rest of South Asia is sparse. The aim of this paper is to study dowry payments in Pakistan. Several interpretations for dowry are distinguished using a simple theoretical framework and the predictions of these models are tested using recent data from Pakistan. The investigation concludes that despite religious and cultural differences, the phenomenon of dowry in Pakistan appears to occcur for reasons which are similar to those in India.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 691.

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Length: 56 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:691
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