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The Economics of Dowry Payments in Pakistan

S. Anderson
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Siwan Anderson and Simon Anderson ()

No 691, Department of Economics - Working Papers Series from The University of Melbourne

Abstract: Although there are numerous studies of the dowry phenonmenon in India, research pertaining to the custom in the rest of South Asia is sparse. The aim of this paper is to study dowry payments in Pakistan. Several interpretations for dowry are distinguished using a simple theoretical framework and the predictions of these models are tested using recent data from Pakistan. The investigation concludes that despite religious and cultural differences, the phenomenon of dowry in Pakistan appears to occcur for reasons which are similar to those in India.

Keywords: HOUSEHOLD; MARRIAGE; WOMEN; MEN (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 J16 D10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 56 pages
Date: 1999
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