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)

How to cite
Bose, Feler. 2021 (forthcoming). “A Contractual Look at the Role of Religion in the Stability of Marriage.” Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion 1

 

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