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From Shame to Game in One Hundred Years: An Economic Model of the Rise in Premarital Sex and its De-Stigmatization

  • Jesús Fernández-Villaverde

    (Jeremy Greenwood, and Nezih Guner)

Parents socialize their children about many things, including sex. Socialization is costly. It uses scare resources, such as time and effort. Parents weigh the marginal gains from socialization against its costs. Parents at the lower end of the social-economic scale indoctrinate their daughters less than others about the perils of premarital sex, because the latter will lose less from an out-of-wedlock birth. Modern contraceptives have profoundly affected the calculus for instilling sexual mores, leading to a de-stigmatization of sex. As the odds of becoming pregnant from premarital sex decline there is less need to inculcate sexual mores. Technology affects culture.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2009 Meeting Papers with number 155.

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Date of creation: 2009
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