My answer to Why do some people say “if polygamy is legalized, then there will be a lot of single men and many wome…
Answer by Viktor Leberecht:
That is a common misconception, sometimes used to make plygamy in the form of polygyny seem a bad thing. But research has shown that despite the fact that polygamy is legal in over 80% of societies it does usually not bring a shortage of women with it, simply because the men have to be able to afford multiple women. So in fact not more than about 5% of men in such societies have more than one wife. See in (after clicking only a short passage is shown, click on that and you,ll see the whole chapter):
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