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Gender Wage Gap, Bargaining Power, and Charitable Giving of Households

So Yoon Ahn () and Meiqing Ren ()
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So Yoon Ahn: University of Illinois at Chicago
Meiqing Ren: University of Illinois at Chicago

No 2022-033, Working Papers from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group

Abstract: We study how the relative wages of women (to those of men) affect the charitable giving patterns of married couples in the US. Using Bartik-style wage measures for men and women, we find that when relative female wages increase, the share of total charitable giving out of family income increases. Moreover, the share of charitable giving to religious organizations, which are preferred by women, increases when labor market conditions become more favorable to women. Our results are consistent with household bargaining explanations, and we provide additional supportive evidence. As a robustness check, we examine the impacts of the negative gender-specific shocks to manufacturing in Autor et al. [2019] and find similar results.

Keywords: relative wages; family income; gender-specific shocks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 D13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-10
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