A girl in a Maasai village. Uri Gneezy

Can Economists Stop Kenya's Maasai From Mutilating Their Girls?

Members of the African tribe believe that if girls are not circumcised, they won't be able to marry or have children. While the violent ritual has been outlawed in Kenya, it is still prevalent. A new international academic project that offers economic incentives to families aims to put paid to female genital mutilation.

A formative event occurred 15 years ago among members of the Maasai tribe in southern Kenya. Lucy Nashaw, 53, one of the most esteemed women in her community, announced that she did not intend to have her...

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