Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34568
Authors: 
Bishai, David
Grossbard, Shoshana Amyra
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 2982
Abstract: 
The custom of bride price involves the payment of goods or cash from the groom's family to the bride's family at the time of marriage. We present a theory that views bride price as a payment in hedonic markets for marital fidelity. Data from a household survey in Uganda are used to test the theoretical prediction that payment of bride price will be associated with fewer non-marital sexual relationships for women. The data show a robust association between bride price payment and lower rates of non-marital sexual relationships for women but not for men.
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Working Paper

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