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Spousal Control and Efficiency of Intra-Household Decision Making: Experiments among Married Couples in India, Ethiopia and Nigeria

Arjan Verschoor (), Bereket Kebede (), Alistair Munro () and Marcela Tarazona
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Arjan Verschoor: University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Marcela Tarazona: Oxford Policy Management, Oxford, UK

No 16-31, GRIPS Discussion Papers from National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Abstract: We examine whether the nature of gender relations matters for the effects on household efficiency of exogenous variation in spousal control over the intra-household allocation of resources. Experiments testing for efficiency were conducted among married couples in eight sites representing a range of conjugal cultures: from an extreme form of separate spheres in northern Nigeria to (male) centralised control in North India, along with a variety of intermediate cases. Inefficiency is widespread, varies greatly and tends to be lower when wives control the allocation. The exception is a site in northern Nigeria where female control over resources is well established.

Pages: 53 pages
Date: 2017-03
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