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7. Education and Dowry: An Economic Exploration

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dc.contributor.author Soumyanetra Munshi
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-21T10:46:00Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-21T10:46:00Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07
dc.identifier.issn 2277-9752
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2259/827
dc.description IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review 1(2) 111–120 © 2012 Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode en_US
dc.description.abstract Rising levels of dowry often seem to be associated with increasing levels of education. In this article, we briefly survey some of the economic theories that have been put forward to explain the emergence, existence and spread of the dowry phenomenon, especially highlighting the role of education. For a more India-specific perspective, we look at the evolution of dowry among the Muslims and Christians of India. In general, it has been found that dowry increases with the level of the groom’s education but is unrelated to that of the bride. Apart from existing theories, we hypothesize about education serving as a signal for the quality of the groom. The idea is that the qualities that help a man earn more education, also make him more attractive in the marriage market and hence, a higher dowry might be a reflection of the price brides are willing to pay for the qualities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sage Publications en_US
dc.subject Dowry and education, en_US
dc.subject Economic theories of dowry en_US
dc.subject Role of education in dowry inflation en_US
dc.subject Dowry practices among the Muslims in India en_US
dc.subject Dowry practices among the Christians in India en_US
dc.subject Education as a signal of groom qualities en_US
dc.title 7. Education and Dowry: An Economic Exploration en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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    2012: Vol 1(2): 55-120

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