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Ask me why: Using vignettes to understand patterns ofintrahousehold decision making in rural Senegal

Tanguy Bernard, Cheryl Doss (), Melissa Hidrobo, Jessica Hoel and Caitlin Kieran

No 1784, IFPRI discussion papers from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Abstract: We study decision-making in dairy farming households in Senegal and investigate respondents’ perceptions of why a particular person made the decision. Using vignettes, we ask respondents how similar they are to five types of households. We analyze how the identity of the decision-maker and the rationale for decision-making are related to milk production, hemoglobin levels among children, and satisfaction with decisions. We find that while male dictators achieve better outcomes than most decision-making structures, households in which husbands (wives) decide because they are most informed produce more milk than households in which husbands (wives) decide because they are dictators.

Keywords: SENEGAL; WEST AFRICA; AFRICA SOUTH OF SAHARA; AFRICA; decision making; bargaining power; women; empowerment; gender equality; measurement; agricultural production; children; health; intrahousehold bargaining (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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