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Stronger women, better men? Family bargaining and public policy in contemporary Russia

Natalya Shelkova ()

Review of Economics of the Household, 2020, vol. 18, issue 2, No 4, 335-355

Abstract: Abstract The paper investigates the effects of Russia’s 2007 ‘Maternal Capital Law’, a non-cash subsidy awarded to mothers with the birth of their second or higher order child, on men’s consumption of alcohol. It uses introduction of the Law as a natural experiment to track the effects of increased women’s power due to their greater contribution to familial resources on male private consumption. The fixed effects difference-in-difference model, which groups families by their likelihood of having an eligible child, uses 2003–2012 data from Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS-HSE). Consistent with the family bargaining theories, the findings indicate that introduction of the Law contributed to the decline in male alcohol consumption.

Keywords: Women power; Family bargaining; Transitional economies; Alcohol consumption; Fertility; J12; J16; P23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11150-019-09441-6

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