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The changing intra-household resource allocation in Russia

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  • Guy Lacroix
  • Natalia Radtchenko

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During the transition toward a market economy, Russian workers have had to face important structural changes in the labour market as well as dramatic changes in their real earnings. In the process, the wage gap between men and women has varied wildly over that period. In recent years, young women have embraced professional careers, are more mobile on the labour market, and tend to delay the birth of their first child. All these trends are likely to influence intra-household relations and consequently the family decision process. To investigate this matter, we estimate a household collective labour supply model. We generalize the specification so as to allow the sharing rule to change in a discrete manner between the pre and post 1998 financial crisis periods. The parameters of the sharing-rule indicate that the households have shifted to a new equilibrium in the post-1998 period. Indeed, husbands have become more egotistic and wives more altruistic: An increase in their relative wage translates into a smaller/larger transfer to their spouse.

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Volume (Year): 24 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 85-106

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Keywords: Collective model; Sharing rule; Russian economic crisis; D1; J22; C5;

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Cited by:
  1. Guy Lacroix & Natalia Radtchenko, 2011. "The changing intra-household resource allocation in Russia," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 24(1), pages 85-106, January.
  2. Sisi Zhang, 2014. "Wage shocks, household labor supply, and income instability," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 27(3), pages 767-796, July.
  3. Jeroen Sabbe & Ewout Verriest & Bram De Rock & Laurens Cherchye, 2011. "Commitment in intertemporal household consumption: a revealed preference analysis," 2011 Meeting Papers 251, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  4. Natalia Radtchenko, 2009. "Identifying Intra-household Welfare Distribution," Documents de recherche 09-04, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne.
  5. Laurens Cherchye & Bram De Rock & Frederic Vermeulen, 2011. "The Revealed Preference Approach to Collective Consumption Behaviour: Testing and Sharing Rule Recovery," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 78(1), pages 176-198.
  6. Ekaterina Kalugina & Catherine Sofer & Natalia Radtchenko, 2009. "Intra-household inequality in transitional Russia," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 7(4), pages 447-471, December.

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