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Cooperation in polygynous households

Barr, Abigail; Dekker, Marleen; Janssens, Wendy; Kebede, Bereket; Kramer, Berber

Authors

Marleen Dekker mdekker@ascleiden.nl

Wendy Janssens w.janssens@vu.nl

Bereket Kebede b.kebede@uea.ac.uk

Berber Kramer b.kramer@cgiar.org



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2019
Journal American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Print ISSN 1945-7782
Electronic ISSN 1945-7790
Publisher American Economic Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 266-283
APA6 Citation Barr, A., Dekker, M., Janssens, W., Kebede, B., & Kramer, B. (2019). Cooperation in polygynous households. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 11(2), 266-283. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.20170438
DOI https://doi.org/10.1257/app.20170438
Keywords household resource allocation; cooperative decision-making; polygyny; Nigeria
Publisher URL https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/app.20170438
Related Public URLs https://www.aeaweb.org/journals/app
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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