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From Polygyny to Serial Monogamy: A Unified Theory of Marriage Institutions

David De La Croix and Fabio Mariani.

in The Review of Economic Studies

April 2015; p ublished online January 2015 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Demographic Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Development. 21953 words.

Marriage institutions have changed over time, evolving from polygyny to monogamy, and then to serial monogamy (as defined by divorce and remarriage). We propose a unified theory of such...