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Control over money and the savings decisions of Canadian households

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  • Phipps, Shelley
  • Woolley, Frances

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In most countries, men have more life insurance than women, and are more likely to be members of employer pension plans. However, little is known about savings behaviour within households, for example, the name under which assets are held. Private savings could counterbalance or exacerbate inequality in other forms of pension access. This is important both in itself and as a determinant of future bargaining power of spouses. In this paper, we use a unique dataset to study the effect of women's and men's control over finances on the probability of each spouse contributing to tax-sheltered Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP).

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 592-611

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Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:37:y:2008:i:2:p:592-611

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Cited by:
  1. Jens Bonke & Martin Browning, 2009. "Pooling of Income and Sharing of Consumption within Households," CAM Working Papers 2009-09, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Applied Microeconometrics.
  2. Shoshana Amyra Grossbard & Alfredo Marv√£o Pereira, 2013. "Savings and Economies of Marriage: Intra-Marriage Financial Distributions as Determinants of Savings," Working Papers 95, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary.
  3. Shoshana Amyra Grossbard & Alfredo Marvao Pereira, 2010. "Will Women Save more than Men? A Theoretical Model of Savings and Marriage," CESifo Working Paper Series 3146, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Susanne Elsas, 2013. "Pooling and Sharing Income within Households: A Satisfaction Approach," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 587, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

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