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Control over money and the savings decisions of Canadian households

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  • Phipps, Shelley
  • Woolley, Frances

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In most countries, men have more life insurance than women, and are more likely to be members of employer pension plans. However, little is known about savings behaviour within households, for example, the name under which assets are held. Private savings could counterbalance or exacerbate inequality in other forms of pension access. This is important both in itself and as a determinant of future bargaining power of spouses. In this paper, we use a unique dataset to study the effect of women's and men's control over finances on the probability of each spouse contributing to tax-sheltered Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP).

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  • Phipps, Shelley & Woolley, Frances, 2008. "Control over money and the savings decisions of Canadian households," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 37(2), pages 592-611, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:37:y:2008:i:2:p:592-611
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    1. Shoshana Amyra Grossbard & Alfredo Marvão Pereira, 2013. "Savings and Economies of Marriage: Intra-Marriage Financial Distributions as Determinants of Savings," Working Papers 95, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary.
    2. Shoshana Amyra Grossbard & Alfredo Marvao Pereira, 2010. "Will Women Save more than Men? A Theoretical Model of Savings and Marriage," CESifo Working Paper Series 3146, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. Susanne Elsas, 2013. "Pooling and Sharing Income within Households: A Satisfaction Approach," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 587, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
    4. Martin Browning & Jens Bonke, 2009. "Pooling of income and sharing of consumption within households," Economics Series Working Papers 428, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
    5. Aylit Romm, 2015. "The Effect of Retirement Date Expectations on Pre-retirement Wealth Accumulation: The Role of Gender and Bargaining Power in Married US Households," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 36(4), pages 593-605, December.
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    7. Matthias Keese, 2011. "Thrifty Wives and Lavish Husbands? – Bargaining Power and Financial Dicisions in Germany," Ruhr Economic Papers 0258, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
    8. Keese, Matthias, 2011. "Thrifty Wives and Lavish Husbands? – Bargaining Power and Financial Dicisions in Germany," Ruhr Economic Papers 258, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen.

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