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
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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
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.
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