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dc.contributor.authorBethmann, Dirken_US
dc.contributor.authorKvasnicka, Michaelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-05-24en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-23T14:43:11Z-
dc.date.available2009-07-23T14:43:11Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/25065-
dc.description.abstractWe develop a theoretical model of mating behavior and parental investment in children under asymmetry in kin recognition between men and women that provides a microfoundation for the institution of marriage. In the model, men and women derive utility from consumption and reproductive success, which is a function of the number and quality of own offspring. Because of paternal uncertainty, men unlike women may err in investing resources in offspring that is not biologically theirs. As a socially sanctioned commitment device among partners, the institution of marriage reduces this risk by restraining promiscuity in society. Both women and men are shown to benefit from lower levels of paternal uncertainty, as does average child quality because of increased parental investments. As an analytical framework, the model is suitable to study a number of societal, economic, and technological changes in their effects on marriage patterns. A combination of factors is argued to underlie the demise of marriage.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherSFB 649, Economic Risk Berlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSFB 649 discussion paper 2005,046en_US
dc.subject.jelD10en_US
dc.subject.jelJ12en_US
dc.subject.jelJ13en_US
dc.subject.jelD02en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordMatingen_US
dc.subject.keywordPaternal Uncertaintyen_US
dc.subject.keywordParental Investmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordMarriageen_US
dc.titlePaternal uncertainty and the economics of mating, marriage, and parental investment in childrenen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn512272093en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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