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Household Decision Making in Rural China: Using Experiments to Estimate the Influences of Spouses

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  • Fredrik Carlsson

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  • Haoran He

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  • Peter Martinsson

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  • Ping Qin

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  • Matthias Sutter

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Many economic decisions are made jointly within households. This raises the question about spouses? relative influence on joint decisions and the determinants of relative influence. Using a controlled experiment (on inter-temporal choice), we let each spouse first make individual decisions and then make joint decisions with the other spouse. We use a random parameter probit model to measure the relative influence of spouses on joint decisions. In general, husbands have a stronger influence than wives. However, in richer households and when the wife is older than the husband, we find a significantly stronger influence of the wife on joint decisions.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck in its series Working Papers with number 2010-20.

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Date of creation: Jul 2010
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Keywords: household decision making; spouses; relative influence; random parameter model; field experiment; time preferences;

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