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Gender discrimination and efficiency in marriage: the bargaining family under scrutiny

  • Helmut Rainer


We consider a repeated family bargaining model that links the topics of employment and households. A key aspect of the model is that marital bargaining power is determined endogenously. We show that: (1) the efficiency of household decisions is sometimes inversely related to the prevailing degree of gender discrimination in labor markets; (2) women who are discriminated against have difficulty enforcing cooperative household outcomes because they may be extremely limited to credibly punish opportunistic behavior by their male partners; (3) the likelihood that sharing rules such as \"equal sharing\" are maintained throughout a marriage relationship is highest when men and women face equal opportunities in labor markets.

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Volume (Year): 21 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 305-329

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:21:y:2008:i:2:p:305-329
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