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Asset Ownership and Egalitarian Decision Making in Dual-headed Households in Ecuador

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  • Carmen Diana Deere

    (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA)

  • Jennifer Twyman

    (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA)

Abstract

Most studies of household decision making focus on the factors associated with women’s ability to make decisions autonomously. This paper is concerned with egalitarian decision making, defined as where both men and women consider that they themselves make decisions jointly, and where they agree that their spouses participate in decisions in a similar fashion. We offer evidence that in Ecuador women’s command over resources is associated with egalitarian decision making among couples. Women’s share of couples’ wealth is positively and significantly associated with the likelihood of joint decision making regarding their decision to work and to spend income.JEL classification: J16; D13; D31; 054

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Article provided by Union for Radical Political Economics in its journal Review of Radical Political Economics.

Volume (Year): 44 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 313-320

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Handle: RePEc:sae:reorpe:v:44:y:2012:i:3:p:313-320

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Keywords: intra-household decision making; household wealth; women’s asset ownership;

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  1. GRABKA Markus & MARCUS Jan & SIERMINSKA Eva, 2013. "Wealth distribution within couples and financial decision making," CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series 2013-02, CEPS/INSTEAD.
  2. Wiig, Henrik, 2013. "Joint Titling in Rural Peru: Impact on Women’s Participation in Household Decision-Making," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 52(C), pages 104-119.
  3. Menon, Nidhiya & van der Meulen Rodgers, Yana & Nguyen, Huong, 2014. "Women’s Land Rights and Children’s Human Capital in Vietnam," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 18-31.
  4. Doss, Cheryl & Kovarik, Chiara & Peterman, Amber & Quisumbing, Agnes R. & van den Bold, Mara, 2013. "Gender inequalities in ownership and control of land in Africa: Myths versus reality:," IFPRI discussion papers 1308, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  5. Grabka, Markus M. & Marcus, Jan & Sierminska, Eva, 2013. "Wealth Distribution within Couples," IZA Discussion Papers 7637, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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