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Disagreement in Australian partners’ reports of financial difficulty

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  • Robert Breunig

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  • Deborah Cobb-Clark
  • Xiaodong Gong
  • Danielle Venn

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We use unique data in which both partners report about household finances to demonstrate that there is often disagreement about whether the household has experienced financial difficulty in the past year. Four alternative explanations for this disagreement are tested using the data. The results indicate that disagreement may be related to the severity of the underlying material hardship rather than to gender differences or individual (as opposed to household) views of financial difficulty. We find limited evidence that for some couples information asymmetries contribute to explaining disagreement about financial difficulty. This implies that standard surveys which collect information about the household’s financial position from a representative individual may fail to completely characterize the nature of material hardship. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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  • Robert Breunig & Deborah Cobb-Clark & Xiaodong Gong & Danielle Venn, 2007. "Disagreement in Australian partners’ reports of financial difficulty," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 5(1), pages 59-82, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:5:y:2007:i:1:p:59-82
    DOI: 10.1007/s11150-007-9005-2
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    1. Pedro Quintín Quílez, 2008. "Vida conyugal y desigualdades de género en Cali (Colombia)," REVISTA SOCIEDAD Y ECONOMIA - CIDSE, UNIVERSIDAD DEL VALLE - CIDSE, August.
    2. Breunig, Robert & Hasan, Syed & Hunter, Boyd, 2017. "Financial Stress and Indigenous Australians," IZA Discussion Papers 11221, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Headey, Derek D. & Ecker, Olivier, 2012. "Improving the measurement of food security:," IFPRI discussion papers 1225, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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    Keywords

    Household finances; Survey methodology; Material hardship; C42; D14; I31;

    JEL classification:

    • C42 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Survey Methods
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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