Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/25659
Authors: 
Rai, Birendra K.
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Jena economic research papers 2007,083
Abstract: 
Parents in several cultures ‘discipline’ their daughters to inculcate the supposedly feminine virtues. The measures taken by parents range from the benign to the brutal across societies. The paper formalizes the idea that this process can be understood as an equilibrium outcome of a signaling game between parents of girls and prospective suitors. We identify the conditions that make a society-wide norm feasible, and those that determine the extent of restrictions faced by girls in equilibrium. The predictions of the model can help understand the persistence of extreme practices like foot-binding and genital mutilation of young girls.
Subjects: 
Marriage
Signaling
Virginity
JEL: 
C7
J1
Z1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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