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Bargaining with Grandma: The Impact of the South African Pension on Household Decision-Making

Kate Ambler

Journal of Human Resources, 2016, vol. 51, issue 4, 900-932

Abstract: I examine how an exogenous change in individual income affects decision-making in the household. Using the age discontinuity in eligibility for the South African pension, I find that eligible women are 15 percentage points more likely to be the primary decision-maker in the household than noneligible women. This corresponds with a large increase in their share of household income. There are no parallel effects for men. Due to labor force withdrawal, male income does not increase with eligibility, suggesting that their status in the household is unchanged. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Date: 2016
Note: DOI: 10.3368/jhr.51.4.0314-6265R1
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