The practice of taking dowry has long been declared a criminal offence. Yet, it shows no signs of abating even in educated families, with the bride’s side continuing to bestow it in the form of cash, gold, luxury cars, apartments and so on to the groom’s eager family. Why is this? Is there any economics behind it? Is dowry like a scarcity rent? Does the relative bargaining position of women vis-à-vis men affect a woman's ability to find her preferred match?
Ritesh Kumar Singh
Corporate economic advisor
The writer is a former government official and currently a corporate economic adviser based in Mumbai. He also writes for Nikkei Asian Review, Business Line, The Diplomat, The Financial Express, The Economic Times, Bureaucracy Today and Rajasthan Patrika. <br> <br> Being a consumer right enthusiast, he is also associated with a venture called - The Smart Consumer – that seeks to highlight actual customer experiences with India’s popular service providers such as airlines, banks, finance and insurance companies, food services, real estate developers, taxis & travel agencies, and online and offline retailers among others. The writer also has keen interest in food & health issues, workplaces, changing job markets, quality of public services and ethical business practices by corporates in general. <br> <br> The views are always personal.
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