Carlsson, Fredrik He, Haoran Martinsson, Peter Qin, Ping Sutter, Matthias
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Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5127
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.
household decision making spouses relative influence random parameter model field experiment time preferences