In Search of Gender Bias in Household Resource Allocation in Rural China
AbstractThis paper tests three hypotheses concerning intra-household resource allocation in rural China. First, whether increasing the women's bargaining power alters household expenditure patterns. Second, whether households allocate fewer resources to daughters than to sons. Third, whether increasing the bargaining power of women reduces pro-boy discrimination. We find that expenditure patterns do vary with proxies for women's bargaining power. Pro-boy discrimination is suggested by: lower female outlay equivalent ratios for adult goods; greater sensitivity of household health spending to young boys than to young girls; and high male sex ratios. No evidence is found to support the third hypothesis.
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Other versions of this item:
- Song, L., 1999. "In Search of Gender Bias in Household Resource Allocation in Rural China," Economics Series Working Papers 99212, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
- Song, Lina, 2008. "In Search of Gender Bias in Household Resource Allocation in Rural China," MPRA Paper 8348, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
- D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-04-29 (All new papers)
- NEP-CNA-2008-04-29 (China)
- NEP-DEV-2008-04-29 (Development)
- NEP-TRA-2008-04-29 (Transition Economics)
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