SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance
Dowry Inflation: A Comment
Abstract: In a recent paper Rao (1993) proposed that scarcity of men
(marriage squeeze) could drive rising dowries in India. This paper shows,
using the same data, that his marriage squeeze variable fails to be
significant in replication of the dowry function as well as in alternative
specifications. Moreover, the evidence in favor of an inflation
interpretation to dowry increases is weak. Instead, data suggest that the
rise in dowries might have resulted from an increase in wealth, an
interpretation which challenges the notion of rising dowries as a
determinant of gender bias.
Keywords: Dowry inflation; marriage squeeze; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J12; (follow links to similar papers)
19 pages, September 22, 1997
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