Cooperation in Polygynous Households
AbstractUsing 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.
CitationBarr, Abigail, Marleen Dekker, Wendy Janssens, Bereket Kebede, and Berber Kramer. 2019. "Cooperation in Polygynous Households." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 11 (2): 266-83. DOI: 10.1257/app.20170438
- C93 Field Experiments
- D13 Household Production and Intrahousehold Allocation
- J12 Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse
- O12 Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development