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On the Expenditure-Dependence of Children's Resource Shares

Martina Menon (), Krishna Pendakur and Federico Perali ()

No 21/2012, Working Papers from University of Verona, Department of Economics

Abstract: Collective household models posit that each household member has access to a fraction of the household budget, called a resource share, which deÖnes the shadow budget faced by a house-hold member. Together with the within-household shadow price vector, the shadow budget determines the material well-being of the household member. In general, it is difficult to identify resource shares from typical household-level consumption data. However, several recent papers have shown that if resource shares do not depend on total household expenditure, then identification of resource shares may proceed from commonly available Engel curve data. Unfortunately, typical datasets do not allow the testing of this restriction. In this paper, we use a novel Italian dataset to establish that childrenís resource shares do not exhibit much dependence on total household expenditure. Thus, identification of resource shares on the basis of this restriction may be valid.

Keywords: Collective Households; Resource Shares; Sharing Rule; Identification. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C2 D1 D6 D7 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 9
Date: 2012-06
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