Sweets or Alcohol? The Gender Battle within Japanese Families
AbstractIn 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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Collective model; Preference; Income proportion; Budget proportion;
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