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The influence of spouses on household decision making under risk: an experiment in rural China

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  • Fredrik Carlsson
  • Peter Martinsson
  • Ping Qin
  • Matthias Sutter

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We study household decision making in a high-stakes experiment with a random sample of households in rural China. Spouses have to choose between risky lotteries, first separately and then jointly. We find that spouses’ individual risk preferences are more similar the richer the household and the higher the wife’s relative income contribution. A couple’s joint decision is typically very similar to the husband’s preferences, but women who contribute relatively more to the household income, women in high-income households, and women with communist party membership have a stronger influence on the joint decision. Copyright Economic Science Association 2013

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Experimental Economics.

Volume (Year): 16 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 383-401

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Handle: RePEc:kap:expeco:v:16:y:2013:i:3:p:383-401

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Keywords: Household decision making; Risk; Experiment in the field; China; C91; C92; C93; D10;

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  3. Carlsson, Fredrik & Yang, Xiaojun, 2013. "Intertemporal Choice Shifts in Households: Do they occur and are they good?," Working Papers in Economics 569, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.

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