Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36030
Authors: 
Fernández-Villaverde, Jesús
Greenwood, Jeremy
Guner, Nezih
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4708
Abstract: 
Societies socialize children about many things, including sex. Socialization is costly. It uses scarce resources, such as time and effort. Parents weigh the marginal gains from socialization against its costs. Those at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale indoctrinate their daughters less than others about the perils of premarital sex, because the latter will lose less from an out-of-wedlock birth. Modern contraceptives have profoundly affected the calculus for instilling sexual mores, leading to a de-stigmatization of sex. As contraception has become more effective there is less need for parents, churches and states to inculcate sexual mores. Technology affects culture.
Subjects: 
Children
church and state
contraception
culture
parents
premarital sex
out-of-wedlock births
socialization
stigmatization
technological progress
JEL: 
D1
J11
J12
J13
E1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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