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Human Capital and Hold-ups in Indigenous Society: The Role of Customs and the Market

  • Matthew J. Baker

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    (United States Naval Academy)

In this paper I discuss the application of some simple models of contracting, bargaining, and human capital acquisition can be employed to understand cross cultural variation in the form and nature of institutions governing land inheritance, marital residence, and the gender division of labor.

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Paper provided by United States Naval Academy Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 7.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2004
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Handle: RePEc:usn:usnawp:7
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  5. Stodder James, 1995. "The Evolution of Complexity in Primitive Exchange: Empirical Tests," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 190-210, April.
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  7. Rosenzweig, Mark R & Stark, Oded, 1989. "Consumption Smoothing, Migration, and Marriage: Evidence from Rural India," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 97(4), pages 905-26, August.
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  9. Maristella Botticini & Aloysius Siow, 1999. "Why Dowries?," Boston University - Institute for Economic Development 95, Boston University, Institute for Economic Development.
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