The Fish is the Friend of Matriliny: Reef density predicts matrilineal inheritance across the world and its persistence in Melanesia

Allied Social Science Associations Annual Meeting Vol/Iss. Boston 2015 American Economic Association Published In Pages: 1-11
By BenYishay, Ariel, Grosjean, Pauline, Vecci, Joe


Matriliny will be positively associated with reliance on fishing as measured by reef density (2).


To control for the effects of vertical descent, the authors conduct a similar analysis within a random sample of Solomon Island villages. They report a significant relationship between reef density and matriliny when controlling for phylogenetic effects within an ethnolinguistic group.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Linear regressionSupportedp < 0.01UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Matrilineal DescentDependentRule Of Descent
Reef DensityIndependentFauna, Fishing