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Watta satta : bride exchange and women's welfare in rural Pakistan

Author: Hanan Jacoby; Ghazala Mansuri
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : World Bank, Development Research Group, Poverty Team, [2007]
Series: Policy research working papers, no. 4126.
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In a setting where husbands wield considerable coercive power, forms of marriage should adapt to protect the interests of women and their families. This paper studies the pervasive marriage custom of watta satta in rural Pakistan, a bride exchange between families coupled with a mutual threat of retaliation. We show that watta satta may be a mechanism to coordinate the actions of two sets of in-laws, each of whom  Read more...
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Jacoby, Hanan.
Watta satta.
[Washington, D.C.] : World Bank, Development Research Group, Poverty Team, [2007]
(OCoLC)85850346
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hanan Jacoby; Ghazala Mansuri
OCLC Number: 647635947
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (23 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: Policy research working papers, no. 4126.
Other Titles: Bride exchange and women's welfare in rural Pakistan
Responsibility: Hanan G. Jacoby and Ghazala Mansuri.

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In a setting where husbands wield considerable coercive power, forms of marriage should adapt to protect the interests of women and their families. This paper studies the pervasive marriage custom of watta satta in rural Pakistan, a bride exchange between families coupled with a mutual threat of retaliation. We show that watta satta may be a mechanism to coordinate the actions of two sets of in-laws, each of whom wish to restrain their sons-in-law but who only have the ability to restrain their sons. Our empirical results support this view. The likelihood of marital inefficiency, as measured by estrangement, domestic abuse, and wife's mental health, is significantly lower in watta satta arrangements as compared to conventional marriages but only after properly accounting for selection.

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