TabMenu

Poverty and InequalitySexual and Reproductive HealthFamily, Maternal & Child HealthMethodology

Far above rubies: Bride price and extramarital sexual relations in Uganda

TitleFar above rubies: Bride price and extramarital sexual relations in Uganda
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBishai, D, Grossbard, S
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Volume23
Pagination1177-1187
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number0933-1433
Accession NumberWOS:000280815500003
KeywordsBride price, Extramarital relations, Marriage, Uganda
Abstract

The custom of bride price involves the payment of goods or cash from the groom's family to the bride's family at the time of marriage. Data from a household survey in Uganda were used to estimate the relationship between payment of bride price and non-marital sexual relationships. A robust correlation between bride price payment and lower rates of non-marital sexual relationships is found for women but not for men. One interpretation we offer for these findings is that bride price reflects the price of women's sexual fidelity to men. This interpretation makes sense in light of the refundable nature of bride price in Uganda. © 2008 Springer-Verlag.