A Contractual Look at the Role of Religion in the Stability of Marriage

Feler Bose
School of Business and Economics, Indiana University East

Abstract
This paper uses a modified contractual model to study the role of religion—via entry and exit costs—in shaping preferences for getting and staying married. The religions that are analyzed are two “collective” religions: Judaism and Christianity. The paper takes a historical and contemporary look at how religious traditions affect marriage, using a modified contractual lens, which enables us to theorize about long-run marriage and divorce rates.

Keywords
contract, marriage, divorce, exit costs, religion, bride price, dowry

Published
7 December 2020 (first view)
23 March 2021

How to cite
Bose, Feler. 2021. “A Contractual Look at the Role of Religion in the Stability of Marriage.” Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion 1, no. 1: 45-63

 

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