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Title:Household decision making in rural china: Using experiments to estimate the influences of spouses PDF Logo
Authors:Carlsson, Fredrik
He, Haoran
Martinsson, Peter
Qin, Ping
Sutter, Matthias
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5127
Abstract:Many economic decisions are made jointly within households. This raises the question about spouses' relative influence on joint decisions and the determinants of relative influence. Using a controlled experiment (on inter-temporal choice), we let each spouse first make individual decisions and then make joint decisions with the other spouse. We use a random parameter probit model to measure the relative influence of spouses on joint decisions. In general, husbands have a stronger influence than wives. However, in richer households and when the wife is older than the husband, we find a significantly stronger influence of the wife on joint decisions.
Subjects:household decision making
spouses
relative influence
random parameter model
field experiment
time preferences
JEL:C91
C92
C93
D10
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201010132822
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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