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Latest items for PW-DATA-1

Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Yet, in these regions, the prevalence of polygyny reaches about 5 to 7 per cent, with the exception of Haiti, where 16 per cent of women were in polygynous unions in 2012, versus 20 per cent in 2000" (17)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 37% in 1994 to 28% in 2011 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 51% in 1993 to 42% in 2010 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 15% in 1992 to 9% in 2010 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 21% in 2000 to 12% in 2012 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group increased slightly from 6% in 1995 to 9% in 2010 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 18% in 1992 to 15% in 2007 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 48.5% in 1991 to 26% in 2011 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 7% in 1992 to 4% in 2008 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 44% in 1995 to 39.5% in 2006 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 24% in 1992 to 6% in 2006 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 12% in 1987 to 7% in 2010 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 30% in 1995 to 25% in 2011 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 48% in 1992 to 34% in 2010 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 8, 2017, 4:23 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Figure 1.14, "Proportion of women aged 15 to 49 years in polygynous unions, selected African countries with available data", shows that prevalency of polygyny among this age group decreased from 28% in 1993 to 19% in 2008 (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
June 21, 2017, 1:04 p.m.
Countries: Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad/Tobago, Venezuela
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"According to Mortara (1963), a consensual union is not an introduction or a conclusion to marriage but rather a substitute for it. Accordingly, a first pregnancy resulting from it will not encourage the couple to get married; if they do marry, it is usually after long and fertile cohabitation. The frequency of consensual unions (which, according to some, are the posthumous legacy of the sexual promiscuity characterizing a slave society) is difficult to measure with precision because of omissions in the censuses. It is interesting to note that in Haiti, for instance, for every 100 married couples, 300 couples were enumerated as living in consensual union; in Guatemala, the corresponding ...more
June 20, 2017, 4:26 p.m.
Countries: Ghana, Togo
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3, PW-DATA-1

"In Ghana and Togo, for example, a decline has taken place in the percentage of young women in polygynous unions. Such unions are typically characterized by a large age gap between spouses, with women marrying young and men delaying marriage until they are able to acquire bridewealth. Thus it is not surprising to observe a decline in early marriage among women in the two countries, but virtually no change or even a slight increase in marriage among men" (144)
June 20, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"In my own studies I found that that at any given moment in time 11% of adult males living in rural areas are polygynyous. And when I looked specifically at men in high income groups, the incidence of polygyny dramatically increased: 33% of skilled workers were polygynous, as were 44% of spiritual healers, 27% of male school teachers, and 62% of fishermen. Farmers with relatively large landholdings also displayed a tendency to have multiple wives (20%). If these groups are eliminated from the sample, rates of polgyny among the general population fall close to zero. Moreover, polygyny increases with age (also an indicator or increasing wealth): 45% to 50% of ...more
June 16, 2017, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"There are also hundreds of polygamous families in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and other countries" (para 5)
June 16, 2017, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Muslim immigrants who come to live in Europe often bring along their extended families, which may contain two, three and even four wives, and all of their offspring. Such families average up to 15 people, which means that up to half a million of France’s 60 million inhabitants, a significant section of the entire population, may be living in polygamous families" (para 5)
June 15, 2017, 4:38 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"According to data from a 2005 survey, 9% of urban men and 16.3% of rural men had more than one wife" (3)
June 15, 2017, 3:22 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho, Senegal
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"The percentage of younger women (ages 20 to 29) involved in polygynous unions has been found to vary widely across African nations, from 8% in Lesotho to 35% in Senegal (Lauras-Lecoh, 1990)" (28)
June 15, 2017, 3:20 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"According to estimates derived at various points in time from 1957 through 1964, for every 1,000 men, 220 in Chad, 320 in Upper Volta, 290 in Cameroon, and 230 in Mali were in polyga- mous marriages (Tabutin, 1974)" (28)
June 15, 2017, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Benin, Chad, Congo, Ghana, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Togo
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Researchers have found that in Africa, the incidence of polygamy tends to be higher in the West and less in other regions of the continent (Lesthaeghe, Kaufmann, and Meekers, 1987) and is considered a valid form of marriage in Algeria, Benin, Chad, Congo, Ghana, Togo, Tanzania (Welch and Glick, 1981), Saudi Arabia, and among the Bedouin-Arab communities of Israel" (28)
June 15, 2017, 1:49 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-DATA-1

"It is estimated that between 2.5% and 3% of all Muslim marriages are polygamous and the practice is more prevalent in the states of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan" (para 9)
June 15, 2017, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"No statistics kept on how many Canadians live in polygamous marriages" (para 2)
June 14, 2017, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Benin, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Togo
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"We document the stylized fact regarding the prevalence of polygyny in Western and Eastern Africa. For instance, the percentage of men in polygynous marriages in Western African countries like Guinea, Togo, and Benin is 35.037, 29.793, and 29.679, whereas in Eastern African countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Malawi the percentage is 6.131, 9.206, and 10.101" (1)
June 14, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Gambia, Guinea, Togo
Variables: PW-LAW-1, PW-DATA-1

Table 1 on 524 shows that polygyny is illegal in these countries: Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea and Togo. Further, the table shows that the average percentage of married men in polygynous union in these countries was 29%.
June 14, 2017, 4:37 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Central African Rep, Chad, Gabon, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania
Variables: PW-LAW-1, PW-DATA-1

Table 1 on 524 shows that polygyny is restricted in these countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, and Tanzania. Further, the table shows that the average percentage of married men in polygynous union in these countries was 25%.
June 14, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Sudan, Uganda
Variables: PW-LAW-1, PW-DATA-1

Table 1 on 524 shows polygyny laws in countries with at least 10% of married men in polygynous union. In these countries, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Sudan, and Uganda polygyny is legal and the average percentage of married men in polygynous union was 22%.