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Intra-household Resource Allocation and Familial Ties

Harounan Kazianga () and Zaki Wahhaj

No 2016-06, CSAE Working Paper Series from Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford

Abstract: In this paper, we investigate the link between intra-household resource allocation and familial ties between household members. We show that, within the same geographic, economic and social environments, households where members have `stronger' familial ties (e.g. a nuclear family household) achieve near Pareto efficient allocation of productive resources and Pareto efficient allocation of consumption while households with `weaker' familial ties (e.g. an extended family household) do not. We propose a theoretical model of the household based on the idea that altruism between household members vary with familial ties which generates predictions consistent with the observed empirical patterns.

Keywords: Intra-household Allocation; Social Norms; Extended Families; Altruism; Household Farms; Income Shocks; Risk-sharing; Consumption Smoothing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O12 D13 Q1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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