The colonial struggle over polygamy: Consequences for educational expansion in sub-Saharan Africa

Economic History of Developing Regions Vol/Iss. N/A Informa UK London Published In Pages: 1-23
By Becker, Bastian


In this study, the author closely examines the educational outcomes of Christian missions in sub-Saharan African societies. He shows that there was local demand for formal education, but theorizes that this demand decreased in polygamous societies as Christian missionaries required monogamy for entry. His results show areas that experienced this struggle over polygamy are associated with worse educational outcomes than those that did not.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Ethnographic Atlas (EA)Other researchers840 ethnic groups in Africa
Demographic and Health SurveysOther researchers26 African countries
Roome 1924 map, digitized by Nunn 2014Other researchersLocation of missions

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