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The Political Economy of Gender Disparity in Law

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dc.contributor.advisor Coyne, Christopher J. Lemke, Jayme S. en_US
dc.creator Lemke, Jayme S. en_US 2013-08-09T15:38:06Z 2013-08-09T15:38:06Z 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract Throughout the history of England and the United States, judges and legislators have regularly found occasion to create and enforce laws that are conditional upon gender. In British and American history much of this disparate treatment under the law descends from the British common law doctrine of coverture, which effectively suspended a woman's legal independence upon marriage. Both the wife and any property she owned or acquired were seen as completely subsumed by the husband. Consequently, women faced severe and gender-specific legal restrictions on their ability to exit marriage, own property, and stand as independent legal entities. en_US
dc.format.extent 161 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 Jayme S. Lemke en_US
dc.subject Economics en_US
dc.subject Economic history en_US
dc.subject coverture en_US
dc.subject divorce en_US
dc.subject law and economics en_US
dc.subject married women's property en_US
dc.subject public choice en_US
dc.subject wife sales en_US
dc.title The Political Economy of Gender Disparity in Law en_US
dc.type Dissertation en Doctoral en Economics en George Mason University en

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