Lifestyles of the rich and polygynous in Cote d'Ivoire

Eric D. Gould*, Omer Moav, Avi Simhon

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This paper investigates whether the sources of income, not just the levels, determine whether an individual is monogamous. Our results support the idea that polygyny stunts development by allowing wealthy men to acquire wives rather than investing in child quality.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)404-407
Number of pages4
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Human capital
  • Inequality
  • Marriage
  • Monogamy
  • Polygyny


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