Spousal Control and Efficiency of Intra-Household Decision Making: Experiments among Married Couples in India, Ethiopia and Nigeria

Verschoor, Arjan, Kebede, Bereket, Munro, Alistair and Tarazona, Marcela (2017) Spousal Control and Efficiency of Intra-Household Decision Making: Experiments among Married Couples in India, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

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Abstract

We examine whether the nature of gender relations matters for the effects on household efficiency of exogenous variation in spousal control over the intra-household allocation of resources. Experiments testing for efficiency were conducted among married couples in eight sites representing a range of conjugal cultures: from an extreme form of separate spheres in northern Nigeria to (male) centralised control in North India, along with a variety of intermediate cases. Inefficiency is widespread, varies greatly and tends to be lower when wives control the allocation. The exception is a site in northern Nigeria where female control over resources is well established.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 00:38
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67881
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