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Boserup (1970) was the first to propose that the high incidence of polygyny in sub-Saharan Africa is rooted in the sexual division of labor in hoe-farming and the large economic contribution of women.In the regions of shifting cultivation where polygyny is most frequently recorded, labor is often starkly divided between genders.Anthropologist Jack Goody's comparative study of marriage around the world, using the Ethnographic Atlas, demonstrated a historical correlation between the practice of extensive shifting horticulture and polygyny in the majority of Sub-Saharan African societies.Drawing on the work of Ester Boserup, Goody notes that in some of the sparsely populated regions where shifting cultivation takes place in Africa, much of the work is done by women.In India it was known to have been practiced during ancient times.

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Under this tenure system, an additional wife is an economic asset that helps the family to expand its production.

Polyandry is illegal in virtually every state of the world.