Asset Ownership and Egalitarian Decision Making in Dual-headed Households in Ecuador
Most studies of household decision making focus on the factors associated with womenâ€™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 womenâ€™s command over resources is associated with egalitarian decision making among couples. Womenâ€™s share of couplesâ€™ 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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