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Title:Out of the Wallet and into the Purse : Using Micro Data to Test Income Pooling PDF Logo
Authors:Ward-Batts, Jennifer
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:Working paper series / Claremont McKenna College 03,10
Abstract:Unitary models, assuming a single objective function and unified budget constraint, are traditionally used to model household behavior. Most empirical tests of unitary models rely on endogenous regressors. This paper uses an exogenous change in the intrahousehold distribution of income, provided by a change in U.K. Family Allowance policy. Expenditure shares are estimated for a wide range of goods. Shifts in expenditure shares for assignable goods, such as men?s clothing, children?s clothing, and men?s tobacco, suggest that children benefited at the expense of men when this policy change shifted income within households from men to women.
Subjects:income pooling
intrahousehold allocation
child benefit
collective model
unitary model
family policy
household demand
JEL:D79
J18
I38
D19
D12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Claremont Colleges Working Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Claremont McKenna College

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