An Empirical Analysis of the Effects of Consanguineous Marriages on Economic Development

Bildirici M. E. , Kokdener M., Ersin O. O.

JOURNAL OF FAMILY HISTORY, vol.35, no.4, pp.368-394, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0363199010378142
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF FAMILY HISTORY
  • Page Numbers: pp.368-394


In this study, development experiences toward economic development are investigated to provide an alternative analysis of economic development, human capital, and genetic inheritance in the light of consanguineous marriages. The countries analyzed in the study are discussed in accordance with consanguineous marriage practices and classified by their per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth. A broad range of countries are analyzed in the study. Arab countries that experienced high rates of growth in their gross national income during the twentieth century but failed to fulfill adequate development measures as reflected in the growth in national income, countries undergoing transition from tight government regulation to free market democracy, and African nations that have experienced complications in the process of development show important differences in the process of economic development. It is shown that the countries that have reached high average development within the context of per capita GDP have overcome problems integral to consanguineous marriage.