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

  • Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Jeremy Greenwood

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Nezih Guner

    (ICREA-MOVE, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and Barcelona GSE)

Societies socialize children about sex. This is done in the presence of peer-group effects, which may encourage undesirable behavior. Parents want the best for their children. Still, they weigh the marginal gains from socializing their children against its costs. Churches and states may stigmatize sex, both because of a concern about the welfare of their fl‡ocks and the need to control the cost of charity associated with out-of-wedlock births. Modern contraceptives have profoundly affected the calculus for instilling sexual mores. As contraception has improved there is less need for parents, churches and states to inculcate sexual mores. Technology affects culture.

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Paper provided by University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER) in its series RCER Working Papers with number 569.

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Length: 59 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:roc:rocher:569
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