Markets in Everything

Apparently, in parts of western India, wives are rented by their husbands to other men on a month-to-month basis because of shortage of available marriable women. As always, the law of supply and demand shows up. This sad state of affairs (heh) is brought about by families having a tendency to abort female fetuses since males are presumably preferred, a situation that China also faces. However, given the choice between a healthy daughter and a future head case of a son who either can’t get married or has to rent another man’s wife, I’ll take the daughter any time.

Further proof that screwing with Nature is an inherently bad idea.

Props: Tyler at Marginal Revolution