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Dowry and Property Rights

Siwan Anderson

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Abstract: Modernisation necessarily leads to the emergence of dowry as a direct transfer to the groom ("groom-price"). The historical instances of dowry can be classified according to the schema implied by the model. The implications of the model are also tested using current data from Pakistan; a country of some relevance because dowry legislation is currently an active policy debate [BREAD WP 080].

Keywords: dowry; gender; property rights; marriage; Pakistan; legislation; policy; modernisation; model; groom price; marriage (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-07
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