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Measuring Inequality within the Household

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The purpose of this paper is to explore a number of measures of inequality within households. We focus primarily on two types of inequality, first, inequality in money incomes, second, inequality in control over household resources. Control is measured in two ways: first, as control over the management of household finances and, second, as influence over household decision-making. We discuss arguments for and against each of the measures of inequality, and compare the measures against one another in terms of the level of inequality each measure finds. The paper does not attempt to explain inequality; instead, its aim is to discuss the question "What is it that we wish to explain?"

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Paper provided by Carleton University, Department of Economics in its series Carleton Economic Papers with number 92-07.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 1992
Date of revision: Dec 1994
Publication status: Published: – revised version in Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 40, No. 4 (December 1994), pp. 415–431
Handle: RePEc:car:carecp:92-07

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Keywords: household ; decision making ; management;

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  2. Katharina Mader & Alyssa Schneebaum, 2013. "Zur geschlechtsspezifischen Intrahaushaltsverteilung von Entscheidungsmacht in Europa," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 39(3), pages 361-403.
  3. Pedro Quintín Quílez, 2008. "Vida conyugal y desigualdades de género en Cali (Colombia)," REVISTA SOCIEDAD Y ECONOMIA - CIDSE, UNIVERSIDAD DEL VALLE - CIDSE, UNIVERSIDAD DEL VALLE - CIDSE.
  4. Shelley Phipps, . "Economics and Well-Being of Canadian Children," Canadian International Labour Network Working Papers, McMaster University 35, McMaster University.
  5. Chiuri, Maria Concetta, 2000. "Individual decisions and household demand for consumption and leisure," Research in Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 54(3), pages 277-324, September.
  6. Shelley Phipps & Peter Burton & Lars Osberg, 1996. "The Within-Household Distribution of Subjective Well-being," Department of Economics at Dalhousie University working papers archive, Dalhousie, Department of Economics within, Dalhousie, Department of Economics.
  7. Preet Rustagi, 2010. "Gender Development Indicators: Issues, Debates and Ranking of Districts," Working Papers id:2522, eSocialSciences.
  8. Whitehouse, Edward, 2000. "How Poor are the Old? A Survey of Evidence from 44 Countries," MPRA Paper 14177, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Alyssa Schneebaum & Katharina Mader, 2013. "The gendered nature of intra-household decision making in and across Europe," Department of Economics Working Papers wuwp157, Vienna University of Economics, Department of Economics.
  10. Frances Woolley, 2000. "Control over Money in Marriage," Carleton Economic Papers, Carleton University, Department of Economics 00-07, Carleton University, Department of Economics, revised 2003.
  11. Shelley Phipps & Peter Burton & Lars Osberg, 2001. "Time as a Source of Inequality Within Marriage: Are Husbands More Satisfied With Time for Themselves than Wives?," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(2), pages 1-21.
  12. Jean-Pierre Lachaud, 1998. "La pauvreté en Mauritanie : une approche multidimensionnelle," Documents de travail, Groupe d'Economie du Développement de l'Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV 31, Groupe d'Economie du Développement de l'Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV.
  13. Sara Cantillon & Brian Nolan, 2001. "Poverty Within Households: Measuring Gender Differences Using Nonmonetary Indicators," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(1), pages 5-23.
  14. Hans-Jürgen Andreß, 2014. "Frieden und Emanzipation?," AStA Wirtschafts- und Sozialstatistisches Archiv, Springer, Springer, vol. 8(1), pages 7-31, June.

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