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The Churches' Bans on Consanguineous Marriages, Kin-Networks and Democracy
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This paper highlights the role of kin-networks for the functioning of modern societies: countries with strong extended families as characterized by a high level of cousin marriages exhibit a weak rule of law and are more likely autocratic. To assess causality, I exploit a quasi-natural experiment. In the early medieval ages the Church started to prohibit kin-marriages. Using the variation in the duration and extent of the Eastern and Western Churches' bans on consanguineous marriages asdoi:10.2139/ssrn.2877828 fatcat:3qvpu5lqunh3xfqyhd6hdapbba