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Intrahousehold Distribution in Migrant-Sending Families

Lucia Mangiavacchi (), Federico Perali and Luca Piccoli
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Federico Perali: University of Verona

JODE - Journal of Demographic Economics, 2018, vol. 84, issue 1, 107-148

Abstract: This paper studies the distribution of resources within families with migrant member abroad. We derive a complete collective demand system with individual Engel effects for male and female adults and children, and the respective share of resources. The focus is on migrant-sending families in Albania, where gender and inter-generational inequalities are relevant social issues. The results show that the female share of resources is substantially lower with respect to an equal distribution and do not benefit from father’s migration. Children have a larger share of resources and benefit from their fathers migration, when women maintain control over family decisions and when the proportion of female children is larger (at the detriment of women).

Keywords: Intrahousehold distribution; Collective demand system; Sharing rule; International migration; Left behind; Albania (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 H31 I32 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-03-01
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