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This Is a Man’s World: Crime and Intra-Household Resource Allocation

María Hernández de Benito ()
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María Hernández de Benito: Universidad de Alicante

No 372, HiCN Working Papers from Households in Conflict Network

Abstract: Exposure to community violence is a pervasive development challenge. I study the effects of violent crime on intra-household resource allocation and bargaining power exploiting the onset of the Mexican drug war. I estimate a system of demand equations and find the escalation in violence reallocated expenditures toward male goods, at the expense of food and other necessities. These findings would typically be interpreted as a deterioration in women’s bargaining power. But changes in crime may have also affected consumption preferences. To provide further evidence, I study changes in intra household decision-making, structurally estimate women’s resource shares, and analyze single households’ expenditures.

Keywords: crime; Mexico; intra-household resource allocation; Engel curves; women’s bargaining power; resource shares; decision-making (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 D13 J16 O10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 97 pages
Date: 2022-11
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