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|Title:||Altruism, cooperation, and efficiency: Agricultural production in polygynous households |
Chen, Joyce J.
|Issue Date:||2011 |
|Series/Report no.:||Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6265|
|Abstract:||Altruism among family members can, in some cases, inhibit cooperation by increasing the utility that players expect to receive in a non-cooperative equilibrium. To test this, we examine agricultural productivity in polygynous households in West Africa. We find that cooperation is greater - production is more efficient - among co-wives than among husbands and wives because co-wives are less altruistic towards each other. The results are not driven by scale effects or self-selection into polygyny. Nor can they be explained by greater propensity for cooperation among women generally or by the household head acting as an enforcement mechanism for others' cooperative agreements.|
|Persistent Identifier of the first edition:||urn:nbn:de:101:1-201203016476|
|Document Type:||Working Paper|
|Appears in Collections:||IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)|
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