Gender patterns in household health expenditure allocation: A study of South Africa
AbstractThis paper explores the extent and nature of gender differences, by age, in household health expenditure allocation.� Using South African data, we adopt a hurdle methodology, constructing a sequence of decision stages (reporting sickness, consulting medical practitioner, incurring positive medical expenditure, and the conditional amount of expenditure) in order to examine all these possible channels of gender differentiation.� Our results provide evidence of significant pro-female bias among prime age persons (ages 16-40) after controlling for gender differences in the opportunity cost of time spent on seeking medical attention.� We infer that expenditure on female health if viewed as an important investment in household welfare in light of women's contribution to household production, particularly over child bearing/rearing ages.� This provides an alternative narrative to the 'investment motive' hypothesis traditionally employed to explain differential allocation of resources to males and females within the household.� We also compare the relative explanatory power of household and individual level equations in revealing intra-household gender bias.� Our findings suggest that the dimensions of gender differentiation are revealed more clearly in individual level regressions.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number CSAE WPS/2008-32.
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2008
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Health Expenditure; Gender Bias; Hurdle Models; South Africa;
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