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Title:In search of gender bias in household resource allocation in rural China PDF Logo
Authors:Song, Lina
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3464
Abstract:This paper tests three hypotheses concerning intra-household resource allocation in rural China. First, whether increasing the women's bargaining power alters household expenditure patterns. Second, whether households allocate fewer resources to daughters than to sons. Third, whether increasing the bargaining power of women reduces pro-boy discrimination. We find that expenditure patterns do vary with proxies for women's bargaining power. Pro-boy discrimination is suggested by: lower female outlay equivalent ratios for adult goods; greater sensitivity of household health spending to young boys than to young girls; and high male sex ratios. No evidence is found to support the third hypothesis.
Subjects:Intrahousehold allocation
women
bargaining power
China
JEL:D1
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20080421216
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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