Is Knowledge Shared within Households? Theory and Evidence for Bangladesh
AbstractA member of a collective-action household may or may not share knowledge with others in that household. Shared income gains from shared knowledge may well be offset by a shift in the balance of power within the family. Using household survey data for Bangladesh we find strong external effects of education on individual earnings. Holding a range of personal attributes constant, an illiterate adult earns significantly more in the non-farm economy when living in a family with at least one literate member. These effects are strongest, and most robust, for women. Omitted-variable bias cannot be ruled out, but would also be consistent with an intra-household externality of literacy.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore in its series Working Papers with number 82.
Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Household behaviour; Literacy; Externalities; Income; Bangladesh;
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- D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
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