Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing No. 34
University of Bath, Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Bath
In the context of calls for more nuanced understanding of marriage as a dynamic institution, this paper addresses a gap in the literature on intra-household financial management. It examines financial management systems and levels of co-operation among 51 married couples in Kenya. It first presents a typology of intra-household financial management arrangements and then examines how this relates to the nature of co-operation between couples. It reveals a wide spectrum of co-operation, which highlights the neglected case of strong co-operation, which is found to be more frequent among younger couples. There is some evidence that this is the result of changing ideologies towards companionate marriage but there is also evidence of life-cycle influences, which result in declining co-operation over time.
Intra-household relations marriage financial practices conjugality Kenya Africa