Master of Arts (MA)
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This is a study of polygamy using economic theory and economic models. The focus of this research is an analysis of the occurrence of polygyny in the early Mormon church, and its effects on the members of the state of Utah, both Mormon and non-Mormon. This study is unique in that its subject, Mormon polygyny, was socially acceptable in Utah, but illegal, and often prosecuted, under Federal law. This combination had multiple negative effects on all aspects of the lives of Utah Mormons, however, the practice continued for approximately 60 years. The ways in which it occurred as well as the reasons for its eventual decline will be analyzed and discussed.
Approach; Case; Economic; Mormon; Polygamy; Polygyny; Study; Utah
Economic history; Religion; Church; History of doctrines; Social psychology; Social structure
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Diaz, Joseph Dean, "An economic approach to the study of polygamy: A case study of Mormon polygyny" (1996). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3272.