UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Ute Filipiak, University of Göttingen

Intra-household decision making and Long-term welfare effects: New empirical evidence

Date and Location

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 4:10 PM - 5:30 PM
ARE Library, 4101 Social Sciences and Humanities

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Abstract

As yet long-term evidence of female financial responsibility within the household for welfare increasing effects are vague. This paper looks at household consumption and financial decisions made in a matrilineal society where women are by culture the financial household managers. This culture was strongly altered by the British in the mid-19th century. We use the distance to the former base as an instrument for women empowerment. Results show that households that follow the matrilineal Khasi tradition, spend more on education and nutrition, but are less likely to have savings left at the end of the month than patrilineal households. Our results lead us to reject the unitary model of the household and indicate that women have different preference to men.

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