User:Men's Rights EXTREMIST/What would polygyny in an advanced capitalistic society look like?
People often comment that the historical examples of polygamous societies tend to be less productive since they create a permanently disaffected underclass of men who have no hope of finding a partner.
I'm thinking that in a society where capitalism creates upward and downward mobility among the socioeconomic classes, men might not as easily give up on the prospect of being able to land a woman (or more than one woman). We might see more risk-taking as men give up stable but low-paying jobs that aren't enabling them to attract a woman, to start businesses that could either fail or make them rich.
Men who have a wife and/or kids will often opt to stay with a stable job so they can be a steady provider. Single men, on the other hand, may have more freedom to launch speculative businesses since they can put capital into the business rather than spending all their money pleasing a woman.