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Sweets or Alcohol? The Gender Battle within Japanese Families

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  • Piao, Xiangdan
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    In this study, I examine the allocation mechanism within families by using the collective model. The empirical results suggest that a wife's income proportion affects her budget proportion. This connection exists for food and shows that a wife's income proportion is positively correlated with her preferred share of the food budget but is negatively correlated with a husband's preferred share of the food budget. I also explored the changes in a wife's income proportion and budget proportion between 1989 and 2004 and found that the correlation between the two became larger, suggesting that a wife's distribution power strengthened during this period.

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    Paper provided by Research Center for Price Dynamics, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series Research Center for Price Dynamics Working Paper Series with number 10.

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    Length: [24] p.
    Date of creation: Oct 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:hit:rcpdwp:10

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    Keywords: Collective model; Preference; Income proportion; Budget proportion;

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