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Asset Ownership and Egalitarian Decision Making in Dual-headed Households in Ecuador

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  • Carmen Diana Deere

    (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA)

  • Jennifer Twyman

    (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA)

Most studies of household decision making focus on the factors associated with women’s ability to make decisions autonomously. This paper is concerned with egalitarian decision making, defined as where both men and women consider that they themselves make decisions jointly, and where they agree that their spouses participate in decisions in a similar fashion. We offer evidence that in Ecuador women’s command over resources is associated with egalitarian decision making among couples. Women’s share of couples’ wealth is positively and significantly associated with the likelihood of joint decision making regarding their decision to work and to spend income.JEL classification: J16; D13; D31; 054

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Article provided by Union for Radical Political Economics in its journal Review of Radical Political Economics.

Volume (Year): 44 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 313-320

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Handle: RePEc:sae:reorpe:v:44:y:2012:i:3:p:313-320
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