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On private incentives to acquire household production skills

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  • Steinar Vagstad

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In non-cooperative family models, being good at contributing to family public goods like household production may reduce one's utility, since it tends to crowd out contributions from one's spouse. Similar effects also arise in cooperative models with non-cooperative threat point: improved contribution productivity entails loss of bargaining power. This strategic effect must be traded against the benefits of household production skills, in terms of increased consumption possibilities. Since cooperation involves extensive specialization, incentives to acquire household production skills are strikingly asymmetric, with the one not specializing in household production having strong disincentives for household skill acquisition.

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  • Steinar Vagstad, 2001. "On private incentives to acquire household production skills," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 14(2), pages 301-312.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:14:y:2001:i:2:p:301-312
    Note: Received: 06 July 1999/Accepted: 08 June 2000
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    Keywords

    Family bargaining · household productivity · gender roles;

    JEL classification:

    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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