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Conference Paper: Marital transfers and welfare of women

TitleMarital transfers and welfare of women
Authors
KeywordsDowry
Groomprice
India
Issue Date2011
PublisherDepartment of Economics and Food Sciences, University of Perugia.
Citation
The International Conference on Applied Economics (ICOAE 2011), Perugia, Italy, 25-27 August 2011. In Proceedings: International Conference on Applied Economics 2011, 2011, p. 125-142 How to Cite?
AbstractThroughout history, marriage has often been accompanied by substantial exchange of wealth. The practice of dowry-giving, in particular, has shown considerable diversity across cultures and over time. In my earlier works, I suggested that dowry can be considered a pre-mortem bequest by a woman's parents to her at the time of her wedding, which can help establish her position and safeguard her welfare in the new conjugal household. This hypothesis is, however, not consistent with the dominant view in the Asian subcontinent, where inflating dowry is now considered a social evil responsible for the plights and even deaths of many women. Despite these apparently polar opposite views of dowry, some recent studies have suggested that dowry, as practiced in India today, is not a homogeneous transfer, but is instead a combination of different transactions serving different functions. In this paper, I use a survey data set from India to decompose the transfer into various components, and identify their effects on the status of the wife within the household. It is found that once the endogeneity of marital transfers has been accounted for, a larger transfer from the bride‘s parents to the bride will indeed enhance her decision-making role. This suggests an outright ban on dowry may not necessarily serve the interest of women in India.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/138312
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dc.contributor.authorChan, Wen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-26T14:44:37Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-26T14:44:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe International Conference on Applied Economics (ICOAE 2011), Perugia, Italy, 25-27 August 2011. In Proceedings: International Conference on Applied Economics 2011, 2011, p. 125-142en_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-960-89054-5-0-
dc.identifier.issn1791-9347-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/138312-
dc.description.abstractThroughout history, marriage has often been accompanied by substantial exchange of wealth. The practice of dowry-giving, in particular, has shown considerable diversity across cultures and over time. In my earlier works, I suggested that dowry can be considered a pre-mortem bequest by a woman's parents to her at the time of her wedding, which can help establish her position and safeguard her welfare in the new conjugal household. This hypothesis is, however, not consistent with the dominant view in the Asian subcontinent, where inflating dowry is now considered a social evil responsible for the plights and even deaths of many women. Despite these apparently polar opposite views of dowry, some recent studies have suggested that dowry, as practiced in India today, is not a homogeneous transfer, but is instead a combination of different transactions serving different functions. In this paper, I use a survey data set from India to decompose the transfer into various components, and identify their effects on the status of the wife within the household. It is found that once the endogeneity of marital transfers has been accounted for, a larger transfer from the bride‘s parents to the bride will indeed enhance her decision-making role. This suggests an outright ban on dowry may not necessarily serve the interest of women in India.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherDepartment of Economics and Food Sciences, University of Perugia.-
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings: International Conference on Applied Economics 2011en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectDowry-
dc.subjectGroomprice-
dc.subjectIndia-
dc.titleMarital transfers and welfare of womenen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailChan, W: wchana@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityChan, W=rp01049en_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.hkuros191095en_US
dc.identifier.spage125-
dc.identifier.epage142-
dc.publisher.placeItaly-
dc.description.otherThe International Conference on Applied Economics (ICOAE 2011), Perugia, Italy, 25-27 August 2011. In Proceedings: International Conference on Applied Economics 2011, 2011, p. 125-142-

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