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Identifying Gender Bias in Parental Attitude: An Experimental Approach

Lutfunnahar Begum, Philip Grossman () and Asadul Islam ()

No 32-14, Monash Economics Working Papers from Monash University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Using experimental techniques, we identify parental attitudes toward different-gendered children in rural Bangladesh. We randomly selected households that had at least two school-age children (6–18 years) of different genders. Parents, either jointly or individually, were given endowments to allocate, freely or restricted, for the benefit of anonymous girls or boys at a nearby school. The results suggest that: 1) there is no systematic inherent bias in parental attitudes toward children of a specific gender; 2) neither parent is systematically biased; 3) there are no significant differences in parents’ behavior; and 4) tests suggest that subjects revealed their true preferences.

Keywords: Household behavior; Gender bias; Children; Field experiment; Bangladesh (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 J16 J13 C93 D13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-09
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