Cooperation in Polygynous Households

Barr, Abigail, Dekker, Marleen, Janssens, Wendy, Kebede, Bereket and Kramer, Berber (2018) Cooperation in Polygynous Households. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. ISSN 1945-7782

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    Abstract

    Using a carefully designed series of public goods games, we compare, across monogamous and polygynous households, the willingness of husbands and wives to cooperate to maximize household gains. Compared to monogamous husbands and wives, polygynous husbands and wives are less cooperative, one with another, and co-wives are least cooperative, one with another. The husbands’ and wives’ behavior in a corresponding series of inter-household games indicates that these differences cannot be attributed to selection of less cooperative people into polygyny. Finally, behavior in polygynous households is more reciprocal and less apparently altruistic.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: household resource allocation,cooperative decision-making,polygyny,nigeria
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 09:30
    Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 00:58
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67003
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