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Mother or Child? Intra-household Redistribution under Gender-Asymmetric Altruism

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  • Dasgupta Indraneel

    (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta)

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I examine a non-cooperative model of voluntary contribution to childrens goods in a two-adult household, where both parents may have marginal rates of substitution across paternal, maternal and public contributions that differ from unity. I find a conflict of interest between women and their children. Depending on the marginal rate of substitution between paternal and maternal contributions, a lump-sum redistribution from fathers to mothers may make children better off, but their mothers worse off, or vice versa. Additional public contribution funded by a lump-sum tax on fathers may make children better off at the cost of mothers.

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  • Dasgupta Indraneel, 2011. "Mother or Child? Intra-household Redistribution under Gender-Asymmetric Altruism," Journal of Globalization and Development, De Gruyter, vol. 2(1), pages 1-27, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:globdv:v:2:y:2011:i:1:n:2
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    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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