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The Economics Of Roscas And Intrahousehold Resource Allocation

  • Siwan Anderson
  • Jean-Marie Baland

This paper investigates individual motives to participate in rotating savings and credit associations (roscas). Detailed evidence from roscas in a Kenyan slum (Nairobi) suggests that most roscas are predominantly composed of women, particularly those living in a couple and earning an independent income. We propose an explanation of this based on conflictual interactions within the household. Participation in a rosca is a strategy a wife employs to protect her savings against claims by her husband for immediate consumption. The empirical implications of the model are then tested using the data collected in Kenya. © 2001 the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Volume (Year): 117 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 963-995

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