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dc.creatorChowdhury, Shyamal
dc.creatorMallick, Debdulal
dc.creatorChowdhury, Prabal Roy
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-21T16:07:53Z
dc.date.available2020-07-21T16:07:53Z
dc.date.created2020-06-18
dc.identifier.issn0014-2921spa
dc.identifier.otherhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014292120301410?via%3Dihub#keys0001spa
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12010/10857
dc.format.extent28 páginasspa
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfspa
dc.publisherEuropean Economic Revieweng
dc.sourcereponame:Expeditio Repositorio Institucional UJTLspa
dc.sourceinstname:Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozanospa
dc.subjectMehrspa
dc.subjectDowryspa
dc.subjectNatural shocksspa
dc.subjectBangladeshspa
dc.subjectWest bengalspa
dc.subjectMuslim family lawspa
dc.titleNatural shocks and marriage markets: Fluctuations in mehr and dowry in Muslim marriagesspa
dc.type.localArtículospa
dc.subject.lembSíndrome respiratorio agudo gravespa
dc.subject.lembCOVID-19spa
dc.subject.lembSARS-CoV-2spa
dc.subject.lembCoronavirusspa
dc.rights.accessrightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessspa
dc.type.hasversioninfo:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersionspa
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2020.103510spa
dc.description.abstractenglishWe examine how mehr, a conditional payment from husbands to wives in the event of divorce, and dowry, a transfer from the bride’s family to the groom at the time of marriage, have fluctuated in Bangladesh due to natural shocks. We develop a model of the marriage market in which dowry acts as a groom price, whereas mehr serves to deter inefficient divorces. Our comparative statics results show that mehr and dowry are both increasing (decreasing) in shocks that raise (lower) income. We then exploit several natural experiments in Bangladesh including the Green Revolution in the 1960s, war of independence in 1971, and famine of 1974 to explain fluctuations in the value of mehr and dowry observed in Muslim marriages. Using two household survey datasets, we find partial support for our theoretical predictions. To rule out alternative explanations, particularly the effect of legal changes, we use household survey data from the Indian state of West Bengal that experienced a similar increase in agricultural productivity but none of the legal changes affecting Bangladesh. These results demonstrate that natural shocks may affect social institutions.spa


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